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North Korea denies claim it is developing biological weapons

North Korea denies claim it is developing biological weapons

North Korea has reportedly started "loading" tests with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) using a deadly biological agent called anthrax, the Japanese newspaper Asahi reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean source.

The report comes on the heels of a White House National Security Strategy that points at similar concerns.

The Hermit Kingdom is beginning experiments to test out if anthrax can endure huge heat and pressure it will have to endure when loaded into an ICBM and launched toward the earth's atmosphere, Japan's Asahi newspaper reported, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korea's intelligence services.

North Korea claimed it had completed its nuclear force after it fired a new Hwasong-15 ICBM in late November.

The Asahi newspaper report said the U.S. government is aware of the tests, which were meant to ascertain whether the anthrax bacteria could survive the high temperatures that occur when warheads re-enter from space. If all ICBM warheads had to survive a 7,000 degree roasting, any payload, nuclear weapons included, would burn up during atmospheric reentry.

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There was an unconfirmed intelligence report that North Korea has already succeeded in such experiments.

It added, "It is none other than the USA, chattering on "morality" and 'civilization, ' the criminal state that massacred the Korean people by bacteriological weapons during the Korean War and inflict sufferings upon the innocent people by continuing even now to openly use the internationally prohibited weapons".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has trumpeted his country's nuclear program.

. USA troops stationed in South Korea have been vaccinated against anthrax for over a decade, according to the newspaper.

"It is the U.S. that conducts military aggressions and cruise missile attacks on sovereign states in broad daylight while faking "possession of WMD" and "use of chemical weapons" of those countries", said the statement.

Details of the draft given to China last week were not immediately available, but the United States is keen to step up global sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up a weapons programme aimed at developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

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Just this week, the White House released a security paper noting that Pyongyang is pursuing chemical and biological weapons that could be delivered by missile.

A statement carried by state-run news agency that was republished by KCNA Watch said the allegations were groundless.

"It is a display of the president's strong message that North Korea must not conduct any provocation [during the Olympics]", the official told reporters.

He noted that the regime had used VX to kill Kim's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia in February.

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