Japanese Prime Ministers Talks Korean Threat
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe | Photo Credit Yoshitaka Sugawara, AP Similar to the gas attacks in Syria, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believes that North Korea may also be capable of firing sarin-loaded missiles. Abe is worried that the North Korean dictator may fire one of these missiles at Japan.
The Prime Minister made this statement at a parliament panel that was discussing national security. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent describes sarin as a nerve agent, made for chemical warfare that is tasteless and kills instantly.
The U.S. also has satellite images that show “continued activity” at the nuclear test sites in North Korea.
The Menace Of North Korea
Kim Jong-Un | Photo Credit ABC News
USA Today reports:
“North Korea will celebrate the birthday of Kim Il Sung, the nation’s founder who ruled the North for 46 years on Saturday. The occasion comes amid speculation that Pyongyang may conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire a missile around the time of key anniversaries in April. The U.S. has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group toward the Korean Peninsula, prompting North Korea to warn it will defend itself against “reckless acts of aggression.”
“President Trump said Wednesday he told Chinese leader Xi Jinping that he could get better trade terms from the U.S. if China helps rein in the nuclear threats from Pyongyang. “Had a very good call last night with the President of China concerning the menace of North Korea,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.”
Chemical Weapons For Decades
Syria Attack | Photo Credit Fox News
“According to South Korea’s 2016 Defense White Paper, North Korea has been developing chemical weapons since 1980. The paper estimates, as of that year, North Korea had 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, including anthrax, smallpox and plague.”
“A 2012 report by the US department of defense said that “North Korea probably has a longstanding chemical weapons program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood and choking agents and likely possesses a (chemical weapons) stockpile.”