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South Korea Fears Kim Yong-un Will Use Drones to Release Anthrax

Yonhap, the largest news agency in South Korea has expressed the fears that Kim Yong-un will load up his 1,000 drones with anthrax, a pathogen North Korea is known to have.  Anthrax is especially dangerous because although people can’t catch it from others, the spores will attach themselves to clothing or hair and that can facilitate the spread.  That Yong-un would use his drones that way would not be a surprise since their air force is so puny and ineffective.  Mad men do not think about consequences until they are caught and by that time it’s too late.

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North Korea can thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for their nukes.  Bill Clinton sent Carter to negotiate a peace between the two countries and to dissuade North Korea from trying to obtain nukes.  The final deal was that the United States would send North Korea two nuclear reactors, fuel and 250 million dollars in exchange for the promise that North Korea would not pursue nuclear weapons.  How did that work out for them.

“North Korea’s air forces are inferior to its South Korean counterpart and an absence of military satellites is making it difficult for Pyongyang to reconnoiter (the South),” the report said.

Chung expressed concerns about North Korea’s possible use of drones for terrorist attacks or provocations.

North Korea may seek to put chemical or biological weapons on drones to carry out far-away attacks, the report said.

North Korea is presumed to possess about 25 chemical agents including six nerve agents such as sarin and VX, according to a 2016 report by the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses. The country is not a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Pyongyang is estimated to also have 13 types of pathogens such as anthrax and clostridium botulinum that can be used as biologic weapons, it said. In 1987, the country became a signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention.

Since the early 1990s, North Korea is estimated to have been developing various versions of drones, called Banghyun.

Given the level of technology, North Korean drones are projected to fly at an maximum speed of 162 kilometers per hour with an capacity to carry about 20-25 kilogram payloads, the report said.

North Korea has recently developed a large stealth drone “Banghyun 5” that can carry explosive devices and radioactive materials, Kim Heung-Kwang, a defector and the head of a private think tank, said last year.

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