Nuclear-armed North Korea said on August 30 that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.
The Kim Jong Un regime is looking into whether it can prevent the biological weapon from dying out in the extreme heats that an intercontinental ballistic missile endures when it goes through the Earth's atmosphere, the Asahi newspaper reported Wednesday.
Japanese paper quotes a source who says testing involves ensuring anthrax survives the huge temperatures generated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
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".
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"In part, there is unconfirmed information that it has already succeeded in such experiments". As if on cue, a report now indicates that Kim Jong-un is intent upon strapping such agents, including anthrax spores and smallpox, onto long-range missiles, and his regime is currently testing whether these bio weapons can survive an intercontinental voyage intact.
North Korea has been developing its missile program for decades, and a test last month let the world know that it has the U.S. East Coast within range of its latest Hwasong model.
The testing comes as North Korea is under increasingly strict global sanctions for its missile and nuclear weapons testing.
"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 said.