NORTH Korea is feared to be preparing for World War 3 by weaponising the Black Death for use in a biological warfare attack.
A chilling new report claims Kim Jong-un’s regime could unleash the plague, cholera and other diseases across the US and South Korea.
The document, by Harvard University’s Belfer Centre, says Pyongyang may use missiles, drones or planes to spread the deadly viruses.
And it warns preparation against the devastating threat of biological warfare is “urgent and necessary”.
North Korea is thought to already have 13 pathogens in its weaponry, the researchers said, including anthrax, smallpox and yellow fever.
And scientists are feared to be weaponising the viruses in top-secret labs across the war-crazed rogue state.
The report states: “While nuclear programs can be monitored by the number of nuclear tests and the success of missile tests, weaponising and cultivating pathogens can stay invisible behind closed doors.
“Moreover, equipment used for BW [biological warfare] production are often dual-use for agriculture, making external monitoring and verification virtually impossible.”
The rogue state’s special forces could be used as “human agents” to spread the highly infectious diseases, it adds.
The terrifying document warns: “North Korea has 200,000 special forces; even a handful of those special forces armed with BW would be enough to devastate South Korea.
“What is alarming about human vectors is that they do not need sophisticated training or technology to spread BW amongst the targets, and they are difficult to detect in advance of an attack.”
The alert comes as North Korea continues to complete its huge nuclear arsenal, ramping up fears Kim could spark World War 3.
Soeul’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha yesterday said she expects the North to carry out further nuclear tests “at any time”.
She told Yonhap news agency: “Parts of its tunnel have been destroyed after the North conducted the sixth nuclear test.
“But it has more than one of them, so [an additional nuclear test] can be done at any time.” (Click to Source)