North Korea’s chemical weapons most overlooked threat from rogue state, experts warn

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150109-N-TR763-011 ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 9, 2015) Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Weston Dimeo, right, instructs chemical, biological and radiological decontamination training during Damage Control Olympics aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed to the area supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Brown/Released)

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program continuously makes headlines, which is overshadowing the danger posed by its chemical and biological weapons, members of Congress and experts warn.

“I think a topic people don’t talk about enough is North Korea’s chemical weapons,” Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California told Newsweek during a recent phone conversation. North Korea is estimated to possess between 2,500 to 5,000 metric tons of weaponizable chemical agents and roughly 13 different biological pathogens (in addition to up to 60 nuclear weapons). Continue reading.