From The Black Death To Cholera…North Korea May Be Planning To Weaponize Old Nightmares
According to a horrifying new report North Korea may be stockpiling massive amounts of bio-weapons that could turn any future battle into a deadly zone of disease and infection for American troops. The report indicates that the Korean chemists are possibly hiding their production of deadly pathogens under the guise of an agricultural project. The report, which was published by the Belfer Center of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, makes some rather interesting points:
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.
Among the potential diseases and pathogens they are planning to deploy, should this report prove accurate, are the following: Black Death, small pox, and cholera. The results of such a weapon could devastate not just the troops attempting to pacify the region but also to the rest of the world. The reality is that biological weapons simply cannot be controlled and they pose an incredibly high risk of transmission across the target site and into unintended zones.
Collateral Damage Potential Is Likely
While a global pandemic is unlikely to result from one of these weapons large regions of the Asian continent could suffer from the reckless use and an endemic localized to neighboring China and South Korea is very possible. There’s a reason far beyond cruelty that the United Nations and Geneva Convention sought to outlaw the use of such weapons of war and put simply it is to prevent our own destruction.
North Korea operates a 200,000 man strong special forces detachment that is typically tasked with doing the regime’s dirty work. The report indicates that missiles, drones, planes, and sprayers would assist in the release of chemical nerve agents and disease infested material.
It is well-documented that North Korea has not shied away from using nerve agents against members of the ruling family when they became a threat. The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was no exception to the rule: Malaysian authorities that conducted the autopsy confirmed in February that the deceased Kim Jong-nam had been killed with the nerve agent known as VX–one of the world’s deadliest and most destructive synthetic chemical compounds.
“So What Can We Do?”
Good question, the report is clear that we can’t simply sit back and wait for the Koreans to get bored enough to give these bad boys a test run:
Several reports have construed the types of biological agents North Korea may possess, the state of weaponization of these agents, and the means through which North Korea might deliver them. Efforts to counter and neutralize North Korea’s BW threats should be led by South Korea and the United States.
But the problem is the Harvard desk jockeys think that there’s some form of multilateral diplomacy that will solve this problem, and frankly, there just isn’t. There’s nothing on God’s green Earth that will see the Kim family relinquishing their Trump card. If they producing weapons like this, they don’t just threaten invading forces but also their own people–defectors aren’t exactly itching to be test dummies or made into an example. Still, the report is resolute that the first step no matter what is intelligence gathering to validate the findings discussed by the Belfer Center and get a better lay of the land, so to speak. We don’t know and cannot know what we are dealing with fully until then.
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