NORTH KOREA ‘TESTING CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON POLITICAL PRISONERS’

Daily Telegraph, London, on October 14, 2013, reported that allegations have been made of chemical weapons testing on political prisoners in North Korea. They were made in the most recent report on Pyongyang’s chemical weapons capabilities by 38 North, the respected web site operated by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and are based on testimony from both prisoners and former guards who managed to defect.

One defector who served as a security official at Detention Camp 22 described tests in which healthy prisoners were placed inside glass chambers and technicians monitoring the effects as gas was pumped into the chambers.

The defector said: “I watched a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber: Parents, one son and a daughter,” he said. “The parents were vomiting and dying, but until the very last moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing.”

“For the first time it hit me that even prisoners are capable of powerful human affection.”

A former member of the North Korean military recounted his involvement in similar experiments on an island off the west coast of the Korean peninsula, which has parallels with a report issued by a human rights group in Seoul in June that claimed the North is carrying out chemical and biological weapons experiments on disabled children on an island off South Hamgyong Province.

It added, however, “Taken as a whole, and within the context of what is currently known about the treatment of political prisoners within the DPRK, such reports suggest a long-standing DPRK policy of low-level lethal testing of chemical agents on unwilling human subjects.”

The study suggests that North Korea is able to manufacture 4,500 tons of chemical agents a year, but has the capacity to ramp that up to 12,000 tons a year in the event of war.

The chemicals that the regime is producing include hydrogen cyanide, phosgene, sarin, tabun, chlorine and a number of agents from the mustard gas family.

The report added that North Korea has reportedly provided chemical weapons or technology for Egypt, Iran, Libya and Syria since the 1990s.

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