According to reports out of South Korea, one of the North Korean soldiers who defected to South Korea in recent months has anthrax antibodies in his system. Although this report currently comes from a medical official that has requested anonymity, confirmation of this claim could prove that North Korea possesses a stockpile of the biological agent for use as a weapon.
South Korean intelligence reports have long asserted that Kim Jong Un’s North Korean regime possesses one of, if not the, largest stockpile of banned chemical and biological agents, and recent reports have even indicated that North Korea may be working to develop a way in which to deliver biological weapons such as anthrax through their long-range ballistic missile program.
Despite statements from numerous international intelligence agencies that North Korea indeed develops and possesses chemical and biological weapons, Kim’s regime has been characteristically dismissive of such claims. Even when Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was killed using a chemical agent known as VX in an assassination plot that implicated a number of North Korean citizens and officials, the nation continued to deny their involvement, as well as their possession of the chemical weapon.
Anthrax itself is a particularly potent biological agent, capable of killing an estimated 80% of those exposed to it if not properly treated. The presence of anthrax antibodies in at least one of the defected North Korean soldiers can be as a result of prolonged exposure to low levels of the agent, or more likely, an intentional vaccination.