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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:39 AM

As US loses patience, North Korea holds a chemical card

But unlike nuclear reactors and missile launching grounds which can be easily detected by satellites, North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons facilities are known to be hidden underground. And Pyongyang’s use of the lethal VX nerve agent in a transnational assassination has sent a chilling warning of its apparent willingness to use biological and chemical weapons in a conflict scenario.

How the nerve agent was transported to Malaysia is still unclear. Some analysts suspect it could have been moved through a diplomatic pouch which is not checked through during normal customs procedures. The alleged involvement of Kuala Lumpur-based North Korean diplomats in the apparent plot has lent credence to the speculation.

What is known is that North Korea has for years produced chemical and biological weapons at factories in Kanggye in Chagang province near the Chinese border in the country’s north and at Sakchu in North Pyongan province. Both facilities are known to operate underground.

Some chemical weapons have in the past been field tested on islands in the Yellow Sea, off the coast of northwestern North Korea. Causeways link some of those islands with the mainland but no buildings can be seen on them from the air as the facilities are hidden under the earth’s surface.

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North Korea is also believed to have significant stockpiles of different kinds of chemical and biological warfare agents, all produced in its underground installations and then stored at Maram-dong near Pyongyang and at Anbyon in the southern border province of Kangwon. Both facilities consist of mazes of tunnels dug into mountains and cannot be detected from the air.

http://www.atimes.com/article/us-loses-patience-north-korea-holds-chemical-card/

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Troll2 Mar 2017 OP
oflguy Mar 2017 #1
NeoKhan Mar 2017 #2
Duke Lacrosse Mar 2017 #3
Troll2 Mar 2017 #4
Banshee 3 Actual Mar 2017 #5
Badsamm Mar 2017 #6

Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:04 AM

1. What kind of diabolical mind develops biological and chemical weapons?

Isn't North Korea's nuclear weapons destructive enough? Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on his own Iraqi people. For that alone he deserved to die by hanging. This nutball in North Korea deserves the same fate.

Who knows what he will do? He has had his own uncle and brother murdered. He wouldn't blink twice about murdering hundreds of thousands, or millions, that are NOT related to him. Talk about a volatile situation!

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:59 AM

2. Humanity's favorite pastime is destroying humanity.

 

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:16 AM

3. The organophosphate chemicals of which VX is a member were originally developed as pesticides.

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/09/06/The-Curious-Origin-of-Sarin-Nerve-Gas/

One member of the V-series, which was developed in the UK in the 1950s, was actually marketed as a commercial pesticide, briefly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VG_(nerve_agent)

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:37 AM

4. Mostly American, British, German and Russian minds

Although, there may have been a WW II program by Japan, and Japan may have carried out R&D and testing work in their Korean territory.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 02:42 PM

5. There indeed was a massive Japanese program on Okunoshima Island 1929-45

And much of the Gas was used against the Chinese- Battle of Changde as an example

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Response to oflguy (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:24 PM

6. Sounds like you are talking about D.C.

How destructive do our weapons need to be? We developed Chem/bio weapons and gave them to Saddam to use on those Kurdish people.
Think Agent Orange and Naplam and cluster bombs too.
How many times did you blink for the millions of people we have killed in your life time?

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