Anthrax antibodies have been found in the blood of a North Korean soldier who defected to the South, raising fears the rogue state is stepping up its production of chemical and biological weapons.  At least four North Korean troops have fled Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime in the past seven months, and the antibodies indicate the soldier was either vaccinated against the potentially deadly bacteria or had been exposed to it.

This comes just days after defense officials in Washington concluded the North is plowing “hundreds of millions of dollars” into its nuclear, biological and chemical arsenal. An intelligence official told South Korea’s Channel A: “Anthrax antibodies have been found in the North Korean defector who has escaped this year.” However, it is not known exactly which defector was found to be immune to the bacteria. READ MORE