N. Korea’s pesticide institute capable of producing anthrax: US expert

(From Yonhap)

By Chang Jae-soon

A bio-pesticides research center that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited last month is believed to be capable of producing military-sized batches of biological weapons, including anthrax, a U.S. expert said Thursday.

Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), said she reached the conclusion after analyzing photos the North’s state media released of Kim’s June 6 visit to the Pyongyang Bio-technical Institute.



Hanham also said that the visit may have been intended as a “veiled threat” to South Korea and the United States because it came days after revelations that the U.S. inadvertently shipped live anthrax to South Korea, a case that the North claimed shows the U.S. is trying to use biological weapons against it.

“Analysis of the images reveals that the facility can produce regular, military-sized batches of biological weapons, specifically anthrax,” she said during a presentation organized by 38 North, a website sponsored by the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Read more


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  • Dan Kuhn

    Well this is pure speculation and since it comes from the US a country not especially noted for it`s truthfulness, it may or may not be true.

    What is a fact is that the USA is capable of producing anthrax and that it mails it all over the world by Fed Ex to people that are not expecting to recieve it.