By Fox News. North Korea’s nuclear program has long triggered condemnation – including the U.N. Security Council’s recent decision to apply some of the toughest sanctions in history – but is something far more lethal lurking in the Hermit Kingdom’s arsenal?
“They have a large stockpile of chemical weapons, but the one that gets the least attention, and that I worry most about, is their biological weapons program,” said Andrew Weber, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Chemical and Biological Defense Programs from 2009-2014.
When it comes to biological weapons, Weber said, just a tiny amount can bring incredibly lethal results. “Ounces or pounds would be enough. You can have millions of lethal doses of anthrax in a several-pound quantity… With smallpox, maybe just a few grams.”
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to chemical or biological warfare – a concern that Weber and the White House seem to share – is the fact that these incredibly lethal attacks can easily be “cloaked in deniability,” and difficult to trace back to the perpetrator. Weber pointed out that “it takes just one or two people to covertly deliver a strategic biological weapons attack.”
North Korea has been accused of using chemical weapons in an apparent assassination earlier this year, one that unfolded beyond its borders. Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed with the use of the nerve agent VX in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last February 13. (Read more from “North Korea’s Other Weapons: Nukes Aren’t Biggest Concern” HERE)
Ralph Peters on North Korea: Kim ‘Betting It All on One Hand of Poker’
By Fox News Insider. Colonel Ralph Peters [Ret.] said North Korea is suffering from a “degenerative disease of state” and predicted the Kim regime’s insistence on strengthening its nuclear capability is their All-In “poker hand” as a standing government.
North Korean state television ripped the recent unanimous U.N. vote to deliver stronger sanctions against Kim Jong Un as “rigged up by the U.S. and its followers [and a] grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our republic.”
The North Koreans also called western hopes of an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear program a “pipe dream.” . . .
He said the country is suffering from a “degenerative disease of state” – in that their standing military is “rotting away” and pointed to increased defections to South Korea.
“The North Korean regime and Kim Jong Un have bet everything on one hand of poker… [their] intertwined nuclear and strategic missile program,” he said. (Read more from “Ralph Peters on North Korea: Kim ‘Betting It All on One Hand of Poker'” HERE)