The United States has rejected North Korea′s
claim that it targeted the regime with anthrax following a report that live samples of the
bacteria were mistakenly sent to a U.S. military base in South Korea.
The response came after Pyongyang′s ambassador to the UN wrote a letter to the UN Security
Council asking it to investigate what the envoy called America′s ″biological warfare
scheme.″ Stressing the U.S. had been very clear about
the circumstances that led to the accidental shipment，… State Department spokesperson
Jeff Rathke told reporters the allegations were ″ridiculous，″ and didn′t ″merit
a response.″ U.S. defense officials disclosed late last
month that live anthrax samples were shipped to labs in 19 U.S. states and four countries，
including Osan Air Base， south of Seoul.