Korea testing warheads loaded with anthrax

North Korea has a stockpile of between 2,500 and 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons

North Korea began tests to load anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles, the Japanese newspaper Asahi reported Wednesday, citing a South Korean source.

"The DPRK, as a state party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), maintains its consistent stand to oppose development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons", North Korea's Institute for American Studies, which is affiliated with the foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

One interesting nugget in the report on top of this is that the US and its ally South Korea appear to have known about this since 2004, as the nations have vaccinated soldiers against anthrax since then.

In response, North Korea said it would "take revenge" on the USA for saying it is developing biological weapons.

The Trump administration vowed Tuesday that North Korea would be held accountable for a May cyberattack that affected 150 countries, but it didn't say how, highlighting the difficulty of punishing a pariah nation already sanctioned to the hilt for its nuclear weapons program.

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The report by NTI also stated North Korea was capable of indigenously producing other agents of biological warfare including Variola major (smallpox), Francisella tularensis (rabbit fever), and Bunyaviridae Hantavirus (Korean hemorrhagic fever).

The Asahi report comes a day after the White House published its National Security Strategy, a document that said Pyongyang is "pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile".

The report, based off of a source in South Korea, said that it did not have confirmation about whether the tests had been successful.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also announced a new worldwide group Tuesday to increase the pressure on North Korea for a diplomatic solution to the global crisis over the regime's growing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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