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By Gordon Thomas
A top North Korean scientist, working on a race-based bomb, has vanished. Was he taken by Western intelligence operatives or did the Chinese nab him?
Has Dr. Ri Chae Woo, North Koreas world-ranking expert working on a whites-only racial/genetic bomb, been snatched in a combined CIA, MI6 and Australian secret service operation? Or has Ri been grabbed by the Chinese Secret Intelligence Serviceso that the communist government can discover just how far Kim Jong II, North Koreas unpredictable dictator, has advanced his threat to launch the ethnic bomb upon the world?
Kim could precipitate a crisis, which would bring China into direct confrontation with the United Statessomething it is not yet ready to do.
The bomb, which is more accurately characterized as a biological weapon, is designed to attack specific human genetic structures. Its dispersal methods vary, but most analysts expect it would be put in a warhead and launched on a missile. Mossad, the CIA and MI6 have all independently confirmed Ri and his team of microbiologists were developing an ethnic bomb designed to attack white races.
The news has already sent a shock wave through the closed world of microbiology used for covert purposes.
There are various genetic components for racial types: hair color and texture, skin and eye color all the way down to nose shapes.
Ri and his researchers were working on a genetic bomb that would be deadly accurate in its targeting. To achieve this, they needed to create a genetic profile of people who uniquely share common inherited variations of their dopamine-regulating genes regardless of their ostensible race, geography or ethnicity.
A secret report, prepared for Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz by a team of geneticists, states: Consider what could happen with a virus or bacteria that only infected a certain type of person. Consider the political leverage a nation would have if it could credibly threaten the extinction of all people worldwide of a certain color. Targeting specific genotypes could transform bio warfare.
At Britains Porton Down and at Fort Detrick, Md., the details are being urgently studied. A whites-only ethnic bomb in the hands of bin-Laden or a rogue state like North Korea or Iran could have a dramatic effect on the current balance of power, said a microbiologist at Fort Detrick.
No one yet knows how far the North Korean research has gone. But the indications strongly suggest the work is far more advanced than any similar research in the West, said a senior Israeli intelligence source.
The search to create a whites-only bomb began in the aftermath of the Korean War when U.S. prisoners were secretly experimented upon in North Korea.
Until recently, China has been prepared to use North Korea as another surrogate to threaten the West while the communist government continues to build its own arsenal to face the United States.
In a document CIA Director George Tenet prepared for President Bush, the intelligence chief wrote: by 2015, China will have deployed tens to several tens of missiles with nuclear warheads targeted against the United States. All the major decision-making by the Bush administration neo-conservatives for the Pacific region has been based on that prediction.
But news of the whites-only ethnic bomb has forced the Pentagon to rethink its position over North Korea. There is growing intelligence that North Korean leader Kim Jong II could be planning his own pre-emptive strikeincreasingly convinced that it will be only a matter of time before the Bush administration deals with undoubtedly the most powerful arm in the axis of evil.
Using its own missiles, North Korea can already hit West Coast cities like Seattle and Los Angeles.
Working with Iran, Kim could provide biological warheads for Tehrans Shaab-3 missiles. They have a range of 1,000 miles, bringing Israel and Cypruswhere the United States and Britain had strategic listening postswithin range of an ethnic bomb or other germs.
But the scientist who was working to make this possible, microbiologist Ri, has vanished after leaving his lab complex deep underground in the Chuba-ri Chemical Corp. in the city of Anbyon. The site is heavily guarded.
Ri was last seen in his lab late in June. On the last weekend of that month, he said he was going to visit what is believed to be the nerve center of North Koreas biological warfare research program. It is concealed under a mountain near Sukho, close to the Chinese border. It is there that the whites-only ethnic bomb is being developed.
It is where Ri developed other biological weapons. Just as Iraqs notorious Dr. Germ, Dr. Rihad Taha, used prisoners to test out her biological weapons, similar experiments are conducted at Sukho. It is these experiments that could lay him open to charges of war crimesif he has fallen into the hands of the West.
But at least one person who knew RiDr. Norbert Vollersten, who worked in North Korea and now leads international demonstrations against the Kim regimebelieves that Ri would have anticipated the possibility of facing trial.
There is every possibility that he would have brought with him important documents listing the stage of the research he was engaged upon, Vollersten said. He would trade them for a new life in the United States.
There is a precedent. After World War II, top Japanese scientists who had conducted germ experiments on U.S. and British prisoners were granted immunity from prosecution if they agreed to reveal their work to scientists at Fort Detrick. Many of those scientists were later granted U.S. citizenship and new identities.
Ri, along with his wife and two teenage children, managed to cross the border into China last August.
Douglas Shin, another campaigner against the Kim regime, who now lives in Los Angeles, said: There is an organization which has helped a number of scientists to defect from North Korea. We believe Ri had previous meetings with its people. We also think he had in his possession on the day he disappeared, over 100 pages of documents and photographs showing human experiments. Those documents are the crown jewels that America needs to nail North Korea.
Despite its citizens starving, Kim has spent large sums of money on biological weapons, confirmed John Bolton, U.S. under secretary of state for arms control and international security.
As well as the whites-only ethnic bomb program, there is mounting evidence of how far advanced North Koreas biological program has become since it began to develop biological weapons in the 1960s.
Initial research had focused on anthrax, cholera and yellow fever. But both the CIA and MI6 claim that in the past five years, Ri has led a team working exclusively to develop the plaguethe Black Death of medieval timesand smallpox. The only known repositories for smallpox are at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and at a similar laboratory in Moscow. Both are strictly monitored by the World Health Organization under the 1972 Biological and Toxin Convention (BWC) an international treaty signed by over 140 nations.
But the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, at Fort Detrick, has accumulated credible evidence that a number of terrorist groups or nations have obtained, or are trying to obtain, clandestine stocks of smallpoxand are actively trying to produce weaponized armaments based upon the virus. Israel and North Korea are placed at the top of the list. Both have refused to sign the BWC treaty.
It is to try and discover how far advanced North Korea has become that makes Ri so important in the entire black world of biological warfare, said Douglas Shin.
The mystery of his disappearance began three weeks ago, in the bustling city of Guangzhou in southern China. The Australian government has its consulate in a high-rise office building in the city.
In the early hours of the morning on a day in September, a man was seen trying to enter the building. His physical descriptionmiddle-aged, stocky, bespectacled and with thinning hairmatched that of Ri.
The man was seen to reach the stairwell of the high-rise. But he never emerged again. The consulate was closed at the time. But earlier local residents had seen foreigners coming and going from the upper floors where the consulate is situated, said one.
All the Australian government in Canberra will admit is that it would have been impossible for anyone to reach the consulate by the stairwell.
Had Ri been met in the stairwell by the combined team of CIA, MI6 and Australian security agents? If so, did they smuggle him out by some other means? And where did they take him from Guanzhou?
There have been some reports, so far never confirmed, that Ri was taken to the coast and spirited across to Taiwan. If so, it would be a remarkable feat. The sea in that area is heavily patrolled by Chinese navy gunboats and warships.
The other, and perhaps more plausible theory, is that Ri was grabbed by Chinese secret service agents. His fate will then be sealed: after interrogation he will be sent back to North Korea and certain death.
His wife and children have, according to U.S. intelligence sources, made their way out of China and could soon be in the United States.
A key question is whether Ri passed over his explosive documents to his wife as her passport to freedom in America.