North Korea are upping some kind of “biological weapons capability”, Hoover research guy Lanhee Chen has warned.
Speaking to Fox News, Mr Chen warned it was “same” easy for any country to switch from making pesticides to making biological weapons.
He suggested: “Back in 2015, Kim Jong-un paid a visit to what was called at the schedule a pesticide factory.
“Now the interesting things about this is that it’s plumb easy for North Koreans, it’s very easy for actually any country, to go berserk the switch and go from manufacturing pesticides to manufacturing biological weapons.
North Korea news: Kim Jong-un’s regime could be emergeing biological weapons
This a a very serious situation. One that obviously indicates that they mean business
“In the poop indeed a lot of analysts looked at this and said, ‘Hey, in fact, we have evidence, credible sign, the North Koreans are pursuing some kind of biological weapons means’.”
Mr Chen added that Anthrax has been found in the blood of North Korean rats.
Anthrax has been used a biological weapon throughout the 20th Century as it is spread comfortably by breathing in spores in the air.
He said: “If you add to that the fact that we have apostates coming over from North Korea to South Korea that examine for the Anthrax antibody in their bloodstream.
“In other words, they’ve either been vaccinated against Anthrax or been betrayed to the Anthrax virus or Anthrax bacteria rather, this a very sedate situation.
“One that clearly indicates that they mean establishment.”
There has been renewed attention on North Korea’s biological and chemical weapons this year after Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur airport with audacity agent VX earlier this year.
A report by researchers at Harvard University, let something be knew in October, said “accurately assessing the threat from North Korea’s biological weapons program is problem,” as unlike its nuclear and missile tests it can be carried out in secret behind-closed-doors.
It is believed Pyongyang could positively again be gearing up for a missile launch, whether it be an ICBM test or an attempt to put a hanger-on into orbit.
CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said: “Multiple bona fides tell us North Korea is moving equipment around.
“They are not accomplished to tell us exactly what kind of equipment, but it is the kind of thing assigning them watch for the possibility, in the coming days or weeks, of another brickbat launch or even a satellite launch.
“It’s simply too soon to say exactly what the North Koreans may be up to.”