Great: Report States North Korea Is Developing Weapons Loaded With Anthrax

North Korea is beginning tests on mounting anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles that would strike the U.S., a report said on Wednesday just two days after the White House's U.S. National Security Strategy stated Kim Jong Un is pursuing chemical and biological weapons.

According to the report, the tests were conducted to ensure the survivability of anthrax, a potentially lethal biological pathogen, in high-temperature environments such as those generated when missiles re-enter earth's atmosphere.

A week ago, the Washington Post reported that US military officials suspected North Korea of preparing biological weapons as part of their arsenal.

"North Korea - a country that starves its own people - has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland", the report said. Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

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The Director of Press of the Institute for American Studies of North Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that such accusation is another example of the USA habit to pander fiction as "truth", Xinhua news agency reported. "And the US itself is an empire of evils full of plots, fabrications, lies and deceptions". A recent ICBM test by North Korea, allegedly of a missile that could strike the USA with a nuke, did not survive re-entry into the atmosphere.

The statement went on to accuse the USA of using "bacteriological" weapons during the Korean War.

Although North Korea is party to both the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Geneva Protocol, it is suspected of maintaining an ongoing biological weapons program.

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. A USA official told Fox News the Hwasong-15 ICBM did not survive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

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