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N Korea accuses US of anthrax plot

Published 13/06/2015

North Korea's ambassador to the Security Council wrote a letter to the UN chief
North Korea's ambassador to the Security Council wrote a letter to the UN chief

North Korea has accused the US of targeting it with anthrax and wants the UN Security Council to look into America's "biological warfare schemes".

A letter from Pyongyang's UN ambassador to the Security Council president and the UN chief claims the US "possesses deadly weapons of mass destruction" and is trying to use them against North Korea.

US defence officials disclosed in late May that low concentration samples of live anthrax were shipped to labs in 19 states and four countries, including a US military facility in South Korea.

The anthrax was supposed to have been killed with gamma rays before being shipped.

A spokesman for the current Security Council president, Malaysia, said he had not heard of any initiatives on the council to take up the issue but would inquire further.

North Korea is highly sensitive to the US military presence in South Korea, strongly objecting to annual US-South Korean military exercises.

Ambassador Ja Song Nam's letter says the shipment of live anthrax to South Korea means the US "is attempting to use them in actual warfare" against his country.

US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters in Washington the allegations were "ridiculous" and did not "merit a response".

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