May 20, 2024

North Korea can use gene-editing tech to craft military bioweapons, US warns

Expert says Pyongyang’s reported adoption of CRISPR suggests DPRK is taking ‘relatively new approach’ to biowarfare

North Korea is capable of engineering bioweapons for military purposes with gene-editing technology like CRISPR, according to a new U.S. government report, highlighting possible efforts to advance the country’s secretive biowarfare program.

The State Department’s 2024 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments report released on Monday warns that Pyongyang continues to operate a “dedicated, national level offensive” bioweapons program to help counter U.S. and ROK superiority in other military domains.

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