Korea may be capable of sarin-tipped missiles - Japan PM

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"We have just talked about Syria".

"There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of delivering (via missile) a warhead containing sarin", Abe told a parliamentary diplomacy and defence committee, referring to the poison nerve agent.

Abe did not provide any evidence why he felt North Korea had the capability to equip missiles with chemical weapons. But they come as a reminder that as tensions build again between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang's.

The paper estimates, as of that year, North Korea had 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, including anthrax, smallpox and plague.

North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles on the 105th birth anniversary of its founding father, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday (April 15), as a nuclear-powered United States aircraft carrier group steamed towards the region.

The Pentagon also said "North Korea probably could employ CW agents by modifying a variety of conventional munitions, including artillery and ballistic missiles".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile, made a high-profile appearance highlighting his country's economic development rather than its adversaries and military might, cutting a ceremonial ribbon to mark the opening of a new high-rise district.

Japan is one of only a handful of countries which have experienced a sarin gas attack.

Number of people killed when sarin was used in the 1995 attack in the Tokyo subway.

"That is kind of the deterrence we need to have", Abe said. He did not say where he obtained the information, said the reports.

North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for building up a "vicious cycle" of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, saying that his "aggressive" tweets were "making trouble".

A Washington-based think-tank that monitors North Korea, 38 North, said satellite images taken on Wednesday showed continued activity around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on the east coast that indicated it was ready for a new test. His government has lobbied to change the constitution to allow Japan to strike overseas targets.

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