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Disturbing signs on prospect of war with North Korea

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/19/1708141/-Disturbing-signs-on-prospect-of-war-with-North-Korea

Just last night former CIA Director John Brennan assessed the prospect of war at around 20 - 25%.
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Originally posted by Satori Satori wrote:

Disturbing signs on prospect of war with North Korea

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/19/1708141/-Disturbing-signs-on-prospect-of-war-with-North-Korea

Just last night former CIA Director John Brennan assessed the prospect of war at around 20 - 25%.

I think it is inevitable, Satori.  Trump wants to show the world that he has bigger cajones than Little Rocket Man.  
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Back to the thread topic - Will North Korea attack U.S. with Bioweapons?

http://www.cbrneportal.com/everything-we-know-about-north-koreas-bioweapons-program/



Kim's 2015 photo-op demonstrated that at the very least, North Korea has equipment that would allow scientists there to work with biological weapons.

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, a North Korean scientist defected to Finland with what he said was electronic documentation that showed North Korea had tested biological and chemical weapons on citizens. He's not the only defector to make such allegations, though none of those claims have been confirmed.

The most recent event to spur speculation about North Korea's bioweapons capabilities was the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong Un, which used the chemical weapon VX. Though VX is chemical, not biological, experts suggested that the event proved North Korea is willing to use these types of weapons. 

comment: At the very least, they probably have virulent forms of Anthrax and Smallpox.  The U.S. still could not take a new form of Smallpox.

http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/south-korea-not-prepared-smallpox-attack-north-white-paper/

South Korea is still not able to handle the effects of a smallpox attack by North Korea, which is judged to have the ability to manufacture the lethal virus, the Korea Herald reported on Monday (see GSN, March 2).

Pyongyang's biological weapon abilities include the capacity to reconstitute from available digital genetic sequences the highly virulent variola virus that was declared eradicated from nature in 1980, the South Korean Defense Ministry concluded in a new white paper. The document also states that the United States believes the South is among the nations most likely to experience a smallpox outbreak.

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comment: This was 5 years ago. Imagine what they have now.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4741354/north-korea-biological-weapons-smallpox-cholera-plague-anthrax-us-troops/

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KIM'S BIO WAR

North Korea is ‘mass producing biological weapons’ and could unleash smallpox, cholera, plague and anthrax on US troops

Under the cover of a farm lab, it is claimed North Korean chemists could be weaponising some the world’s deadliest diseases such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic was sparked.

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"Not if but when" indeed, Med.  No argument there.
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This is the report liked to the news story:


Amidst the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear program, the assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother via VX nerve agent in February 2017 brought renewed interest in North Korea’s other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs—chemical and biological weapons. If used on a large scale, these weapons can cause not only tens of thousands of deaths, but also create panic and paralyze societies. Nevertheless, the vividness of the nuclear threat has overshadowed other weapons programs, limiting the attention and policy input that they deserve. This paper focuses on North Korea’s biological weapons (BW).
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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/20/north-korea-begins-testing-anthrax-onto-icbm-report-says.html

North Korea is beginning tests on mounting anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles that would strike the U.S., a report said on Wednesday just two days after the White House’s U.S. National Security Strategy stated Kim Jong Un is pursuing chemical and biological weapons.

The Hermit Kingdom is beginning experiments to test out if anthrax can endure immense heat and pressure it will have to endure when loaded into an ICBM and launched toward the earth’s atmosphere, Japan’s Asahi newspaper reported, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korea’s intelligence services.

“North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM's re-entry into the atmosphere,” the report stated. “In part, there is unconfirmed information that it has already succeeded in such experiments.”

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Thanks, Med!  To me, this is further proof that former USSR weapons scientists have new employment in NK.  They were planning to load freeze-dried smallpox virus onto ICBM warheads during the Brezhnev years.  

Easier said that done....however, it is far more practical to distribute bioweapons such as anthrax spores via agents inserted into society.  It wouldn't have to be a very large attack to plunge the world into economic chaos and accusations.  


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