North Korea has made a new accusation against the United States, stating that America is spreading the Ebola virus and is “bent on the development of bio-weapons” as a means of achieving world domination.
A Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report claims that an aide to former President Reagan informed North Korea that the United States had developed a progenitor of the Ebola virus “for the purpose of launching a biological warfare.”
— Adino Adonai (@Adinoadonai) December 2, 2014
KCNA’s source was named as a Roberts, whom The Washington Post says could be an economist and blogger, Paul Craig Roberts. In October, Mr. Roberts posted a blog titled ‘Is the US Government the Master Criminal of our Time?’ citing work published by two scientists who have stated that the Ebola virus is actually a genetically modified organism developed in American biowarfare laboratories located in Africa. North Korea is also claiming that the US Department of Health and Human Services has made shocking admissions, stating that the “US imperialists have long conducted vivisections with fatal epidemics, inflicting untold suffering on mankind.” KCNA, which is the only news outlet in North Korea, went on to add that “Russian, Singaporean, and American newspapers criticized that the US developed anti-Ebola virus vaccine through experiment on Ebola contagion, but has prevented this vaccine from being known to the world, only for its own interests.” According to UK’s Independent, the report also claimed that America is also responsible for creating the AIDS virus and spreading it worldwide. In a final dig at the United States, North Korea said “As already known to everyone, the US is the world’s biggest nuke possessor.” While conspiracy theories about Ebola’s origins abound, their authors are typically considered fringe elements. Given their isolation, North Korea may sincerely believe that these theories are based in fact, but another element is clearly at play. Since being brought up on charges of human rights abuses in early 2014, North Korea has made a point of attempting to deflect criticism by underscoring problems with America’s policies.
Allegations of human rights violations are not the only problem the hermit state has been facing lately; North Korea has also been accused of hacking Sony pictures, supposedly due to displeasure over the upcoming release of comedy film The Interview, in which James Franco and Seth Rogan play a talk-show host and producer who engage in a plot to kill DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) December 2, 2014
Despite its tightly guarded borders and its distance from Liberia and other Ebola-ridden sites, North Korea has banned tourism for the meantime and will be quarantining those who visit for other purposes.
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