North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles

North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles

A day after the White House's national security strategy document mentioned that "North Korea is pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile", a report by the Japanese publication Ashai claimed that Pyongyang has tested missiles loaded with anthrax.

The report about the North's testing of anthrax came after the US published its National Security Strategy, a document that said Pyongyang was "pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile".

The spy source told the newspaper that Kim Jong Un's regime is testing whether the biological agent can withstand temperatures of more than 7,000 degrees, the temperature that such a missile would face when coming back into the Earth's atmosphere.

Anthrax is an infection of the skin, lungs, intestines or blood caused by Bacillus anthracis.

"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.

North Korea on Wednesday rejected United States allegations that it is developing biological weapons, saying that the claim is part of Washington's scheme to stifle the regime.

"To send North Korea a unified message from the worldwide community, that we will not accept you as a nuclear nation", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

The U.S. government is reportedly aware of the tests but has made no official statements.

The pair have threatened military action against the other, and fears of a conflict breaking out have risen, particularly in nearby Japan and South Korea.

Rebecca Hersman, a former Defense Department deputy assistant secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction, was quoted in a Washington Post article speaking about the country's bio-weapon program: "North Korea is bad enough when you're talking about their nuclear and missiles program".

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