You may recall the defecting North Korean soldier from last month who scrambled to defect over to the South Korean border. South Korea has been doing some investigating. His favorite food is spaghetti, he likes long walks on the beach, and oh, he also has an immunity to anthrax. Yeah, it’s worrisome. Here’s the deets:
A North Korean soldier who defected to the South was found to have antibodies to anthrax — triggering concerns that the rogue regime has weaponized the deadly bacteria, according to reports Tuesday.
The man, who was either exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, had developed immunity to the deadly disease before defecting, UPI reported, citing local Channel A.
Anthrax is no joke. It’s incredibly lethal, and South Korea is currently defenseless against it. Also, the rest of us don’t want any of that mess over here. We already have to deal with Samantha Bee’s “comedy.” Hence the concern.
South Korea’s military has yet to procure an anthrax vaccine.
Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo has said an anthrax “vaccine is expected to be developed by the end of 2019,” but not sooner, UPI reported.
North Korea’s neighbors fear Pyongyang is conducting illegal biological weapons tests to see if anthrax-laden warheads can be loaded onto its missiles. Japan’s Asahi paper recently reported that North Korea — which has demonstrated the theoretical capacity of striking the US mainland with its missiles — had begun to test loading anthrax onto them.
North Korea having chemical-laden weapons of mass disease is a big no no. Like a Tess Holliday nudie calender. Mostly to do with Kim Jong Un’s unabashed crazy (see Kim Jong Un Just Banned Sarcasm in North Korea. No, Seriously… and Kim Jong Un’s Latest Claim of Divine Power Reaches the Stratosphere. Literally.).
This little anthrax detail can’t just be skimmed over like Nancy Pelosi and proposed legislation. Regardless of whether or not they have actually weaponized the thraxness, North Korea has been cruising for a bruising. Trump has been pretty consistent with threatening to smash them and their military fetishes. But crazy can’t be reasoned with. Anthrax can’t be so readily nuked. Or scared off with mean tweets. North Korea may need less threatening in 280 characters or less, and more actual combatting.
Let’s see what 2018 brings.