North Korea isn’t limiting their arsenal to conventional weapons, but is actively experimenting with biological weapons as well, according to a report in Japan’s Asahi newspaper.
Citing an unnamed person with ties to South Korean intelligence, the paper reports that North Korea is working with these types of weapons to test the feasibility of putting Anthrax in the regime’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.
North Korea denied the reports, however, with the state-run Korean Central News Agency citing Pyongyang’s adherence to the Biological Weapons Convention, thus “maintain[ing] its consistent stand to oppose development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons.”
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.
"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 document states. "North Korea is also pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile."
In response, North Korea said it would “take revenge” on the U.S. for saying it is developing biological weapons.
"The more the US clings to the anti-[North Korea] stifling move...the more hardened the determination of our entire military personnel and people to take revenge will be,” the KCNA said.
North Korea has 13 types of pathogens that can be weaponized, which includes anthrax and clostridium botulinum, according to a 2016 report by the Korean Institute for Defence Analyses.