A North Korean soldier who defected to the South has been found to have anthrax antibodies in his bloodstream, local news reports.
The unidentified soldier, believed to be the man who defected in November this year, would have been either exposed to or vaccinated against anthrax before he defected to South Korea.
This comes after a report that North Korea is conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Oh Chong Song, 24, was shot four times as he made a mad dash for South Korea, and has been recovering in a Seoul hospital since.
Song had been shot in his knee, arm, back and chest through his shoulder, but despite his serious injuries, the team at the hospital saved his life.
The hepatitis B and the parasites – some more than 10 inches long – found in his body highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued North Korea for decades.
Earlier this week, Japan’s Asahi newspaper cited another unidentified person connected to South Korean intelligence, who said that North Korea was conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.