Anthrax Antibodies Found in DPRK Soldier Who Defected
According to Fox, a DPRK soldier who defected to South Korea in 2017 was found to have Anthrax antibodies in his system – which means he was immune to the deadly disease before his defection. The news was reported by South Korean media. The rogue nation has been testing biological weapons in an effort to obtain the capability to load them into an ICBM.
The South Korean news media, Channel A, did not name the soldier, or say when he defected.
According to the Japanese paper Asahi, “North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM’s re-entry into the atmosphere. In part, there is unconfirmed information that it has already succeeded in such experiments.”
Kim has claimed their facility at Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute creates “pesticides.” But experts believe that the DPRK possesses the ability to weaponize pathogens – a case in point was the death of Kim’s half-brother by the VX nerve agent.
Monitoring Biological Weapons cultivation is problematical, since several items can have dual use for agriculture.
According to an October 2017 Belfer Center report, North Korea is believed to possess 13 pathogens: Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax), Clostridium botulinum (Botulism), Vibrio cholerae (Cholera), Bunyaviridae hantavirus (Korean Hemorrhagic Fever), Yersinia pestis (Plague), Variola (Smallpox), Salmonella typhi (Typhoid Fever), Coquillettidia fuscopennata (Yellow Fever), Shigella (Dysentery), Brucella (Brucellosis), Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Rickettsia prowazekii (Typhus Fever), and T-2 mycotoxin (Alimentary Toxic Aleukia). Intelligence suggests they have the capaiblity to weaponize them.
The unknown factor is that no one has any idea how far along their biological weapons have come. It is believed that they are not capable of weaponizing ALL of the above listed pathogens. But with the discovery of the antibodies in the North Korean soldier, it’s likely that their focus on Anthrax is at the top of the heap.
What delivery system will they use? Unknown. Can they load it into an ICBM? That too is unknown.
The Belfer report stated, “North Korea is likely to use biological weapons before or at the beginning of a conflict to disrupt society and create panic, incapacitate societies, and/or cause a significant military diversion. Furthermore, North Korea would ensure that the BW does not decimate its own fighting force.”
Which is where that North Korean defector’s antibodies may provide insight. The last ICBM launched by North Korea was said to break up on re-entry, a problem the DPRK is working on.
Anthrax, or Bacillus anthracis is a “rod-shaped” bacteria that if not treated immediately can be fatal. People can get it from animals, because it is naturally occurring in the soil of some areas worldwide. There are 4 types of Anthrax: Cutaneous, Inhalation, Gastrointestinal, and Injection, according to the CDC. Inhalation is the most likely form of a biologicial weapon as it can be in powder, or spray. A small amount of the pathogen in a weaponized form could kill 50 to 80% of a city, not to mention creating a massive panic.