North Korea Testing Anthrax Warheads for Ballistic Missiles

When an intercontinental ballistic missile reenters the earth's atmosphere, it could reach about 7000 degrees of heat.

North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles loaded with anthrax, according to a report in the Japanese publication Ashai.

The Trump administration also said in its National Security Strategy document released this week that the rogue regime was developing a missile capable of carrying biological weapons.

The report cited by Bloomberg News says the North is testing the biological agent to see if it can survive the huge temperatures the missiles generate. Skin infections of anthrax are less deadly.

Washington had apparently been aware for some time that North Korea is culturing anthrax.

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.

The North was also thought to be among the world's largest possessors of chemical weapons, ranking third after the United States and Russian Federation, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a non-profit organization aiming at protecting lives and the environment from nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber dangers. Of course, most people who reside in Washington, D.C. and the rest of the US have not been vaccinated against anthrax and smallpox, so the possibility of a disease-filled warhead - from a nation that's perfecting its long-range missile technology - is more frightening than any plague-filled Stephen King novel.

South Korean scientists have been working to train artificial intelligence that can detect anthrax at fast speeds to combat any attack from its neighbor, with which it technically remains at war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has trumpeted his country's nuclear program.

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  • Kyle Peterson