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‘Our waters!’ Britons FURIOUS over French plot to block UK fishing ports after Brexit

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Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union ended prematurely on Thursday with outstanding issues remaining over trade and fisheries. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has demanded a level playing field with the UK over trade as well as access to UK fishing waters after the transition period – something his counterpart David Frost has rejected.

Britain is on course to leave the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) next year and become an independent coastal state – free to set its own tariffs and quotas on stocks.

Following the breakdown of talks, fishing expert and CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation Barrie Deas, has warned French fisherman could block UK ports if its fisherman have reduced access to UK waters.

The proposition of a stand-off in the English Channel has prompted a furious response from a number of Express.co.uk readers, who let their feelings known on the websites Facebook page.

One angry user said: “They’re our waters, we let the EU use them to the detriment of our own fishing industry when we foolishly joined the EU.

“The French or any EU country does not have the right to fish in our sovereign territory unless we say so.”

A second reader said: “They have plundered our fish stocks long enough- time to give nature a rest, and to give our fishermen the rights to fish unhindered in our own waters!”

A third commented: “Typical of macron wants everything his own way.

“They are British fishing waters, not French, pay for what you take and only take what we say.”

Meanwhile a fourth simply said: “Our waters our fish they need to accept that.”

Mr Deas explained how a lack of a deal on fisheries would impact the fishing Industry in France.

He claimed the current deal negotiated in 1983, ensured 84 percent of the quota of cod in the English Channel went to France, compared to just nine percent staying in the UK.

He told Express.co.uk: “French fishermen have a long track record of blockading Channel ports when they’re upset about something.

“They’ve done it for much lesser reasons than the UK becoming an independent coastal state, renegotiation of quotas, even if there is access for French fishermen.

“I think it would be naive to expect they will be happy about this or do nothing about it.

“There’s a long history of those kinds of blockades.”

Following the four-days of talks in Brussels, Mr Barnier said there were still “serious divergences” between the two sides.

He said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

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“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”

The EU negotiator firmly pointed the blame towards the UK and said the bloc had engaged “constructively” and added officials needed to see an “equivalent engagement from the UK side”.

Mr Frost said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

The next round of Brexit trade talks will take place next week in London.

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WW3 fears: Kim Jong-Un rejects talks with Trump over North Korea’s nuclear programme

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North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui has warned the US Kim Jong-Un has no intention of changing policy and surrendering its nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump have met three times during the US President’s first term.

In their second meeting in 2019, talks broke down after chairman Kim failed to offer enough nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

In a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency, Mr Hui questioned the motive of the US and accused Washington of using the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK) for political reasons.

Mr Hui said: “We do not feel any need to sit face to face with the US as it does not consider the DPRK-US dialogue as nothing more than a tool for grappling its political crisis.”

He added: “There will never be any adjustment and change in our policy, conditional on external parameters like internal political schedule of someone.”

The refusal to engage with Washington comes as US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led previous working-level negotiations with North Korea, is due to visit neighbouring South Korea to discuss relations.

The North Korean vice foreign minister also accused Washington of having a “hostile policy” towards Pyongyang and going back on previous agreements.

Mr Hui added any potential negotiations would be a waste of time and insisted the US is “mistaken” for thinking talks could achieve anything.

He said: “Is it possible to hold dialogue or have any dealings with the US which persists in the hostile policy toward the DPRK in disregard of the agreements already made at the past summit.

“It is clear to us, even without meeting, as to what shallow trick the US will approach us with, as it has neither intention nor will to go back to the drawing board.

“The US is mistaken if it thinks things like negotiations would still work on us.”

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, they met again in Vietnam in 2019 before nuclear talks broke down.

A third surprise meeting took place on in June 2019 at the demilitarised zone separating the North and South Korea – Mr Trump made history by becoming the first US president to set foot in North Korea.

Ahead of his visit to South Korea next week, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said there is time for both sides to re-engage and “make substantial progress”.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said Mr Trump and Kim Jong Un should meet again before the crucial US election in November.

President Moon Jae-in said: “I believe there’s a need for North Korea and the US to try dialogue one more time before the US presidential election.

“The issues of nuclear programs and sanctions will ultimately have to be resolved through North Korea-US talks.”

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Coronavirus HORROR: US records highest cases yet ahead of Trump’s July 4 celebration

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On Friday the US recorded its highest daily increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases with another 57,497 identified. In nearly 40 of America’s 50 states the number of coronavirus cases is continuing to rise.

The highest number of infections are currently in Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona.

At the Mount Rushmore event Trump is expected to deliver a fiery speech denouncing those who would “tear down” America’s history.

This is a reference to attacks on statues and monuments that have taken place in cities across America over the past few weeks in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing.

Many of those targeted commemorated key figures in the Confederacy but other status, such as one of George Washington in Portland, have also been pulled down.

After Trump’s address attendees will watch a fireworks display to celebrate America gaining its independence from the British empire.

Speaking ahead of the event Trump commented: “We’re going to Mount Rushmore.

“Mount Rushmore is in great shape and it’s going to be in great shape for centuries to come.

“’I’ll be making a speech there.

“I’ll be seeing a lot of people, a lot of different people and I think it will be a fantastic evening.”

Mount Rushmore features four iconic former US Presidents cared out of rock on the side of a South Dakota mountain.

Those included are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

It was carved between 1927 and 1941 by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son.

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A source speaking to Associated Press said Trump plans to use his speech to attack the “left-wing mob and those practicing cancel culture”.

The President is expected to describe attacks on historic statues and monuments as “totalitarian behaviour that is completely alien to American life”.

Ahead of the event both supporters and opponents of Trump have gathered near the venue.

Independence Day celebrations across America have been cancelled or scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday Florida recorded the most new coronavirus cases with an additional 9,488 patients positively diagnosed.

Major League Baseball also said 38 of its players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 across 19 teams.

The league is expected to resume play later this month on July 23 or 24.

The United States has seen more coronavirus deaths than any other country in the world with over 130,000 confirmed fatalities.

It is followed by Brazil and the UK in second and third places respectively.

Trump has received criticism for only once being pictured wearing a mask since the coronavirus epidemic began.

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China sends Donald Trump INCENDIARY warning – ‘We will not allow others to threaten us’

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Amidst reports the US is preparing a range of economic sanctions a Chinese financial authority source warned Washington against any retaliation. Speaking to the South China Morning Post they said: “The Chinese mainland and Hong Kong financial authorities certainly have prearranged plans.

“We won’t allow others to threaten or make trouble freely.”

Britain has strongly condemned the Chinese move which it considers a breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration which led to Hong Kong being returned to Beijing.

Under the terms of the agreement China pledged to maintain “one country, two systems” for another fifty years meaning Hong Kong’s autonomy and mode of government would be protected.

However according to the UK Government the new Chinese security laws, details of which were announced this week, are a clear violation of this promise.

The Chinese financial authority source added: “Sanctions do good to the Chinese economy and finance, so they do no good to the global and US economies.

“It will dampen the confidence of international market participants, and increase the systemic risks to the global economy, international markets, and particularly American financial markets.”

In response to the security laws the Boris Johnson pledged up to three million Hong Kong residents, who are entitled to British National Overseas Passports, would be allowed to settle in the UK and could eventually gain citizenship.

Anyone born in Hong Kong prior to 1997 who registered to have it is entitled to British National Overseas citizenship giving them some of the protections UK citizens enjoy.

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The offer will also apply to their dependents, notable as many of the protest leaders who have been defying Beijing were born since 1997.

Under the Government’s plans eligible Hong Kong residents will get the right to stay in the UK for five years, during which they may work or study, after which they can apply for settled status then full British citizenship.

Condemning the new Chinese laws Boris Johnson said: “It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and threatens the freedoms and rights protected by the joint declaration.

“We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with British National (Overseas) status to enter the UK, granting them limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship.

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“And that is precisely what we will do now.”

Last year Hong Kong was rocked by massive pro-democracy protests who objected to efforts to integrate the city closer with mainland China.

Some of these demonstrations turned violent, with protestors and police exchanging petrol bombs and tear gas cannisters.

Under China’s new national security laws protectors now risk being arrested for sedition which carried a heavy jail term.

However some pro-democracy protests have continued in the city.

Beijing has announced Zheng Yanxiong, widely considered a hardliner, to head its now Hong Kong security agency.

A number of leading pro-democracy activists, such as legislator and former student leader Nathan Law, have already fled the territory.

Relations between Beijing and some of the world’s other great powers have declined sharply over the past few months over territorial disputes, China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and trade disagreements.

Last month 20 Indian soldiers were killed during hand-to-hand fighting in the contested Ladakh region of the Himalayas.

The violence also reportedly led to a large number of Chinese casualties though Beijing has refused to release an official figure.

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‘No surrender!’ Boris told not to compromise on trade as Brexit talks on brink – poll

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Brexit talks between the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier ended on Thursday a day earlier than planned after both sides saw no pathway to a deal. After the first face-to-face meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Frost stated “significant differences” remain, while Mr Barnier refused to shift on the EU’s red-lines on a level playing field and access to UK fishing waters.

The conclusion of the fourth round of discussions has put both sides on course for a no deal outcome at the end of the transition period on December 31.

A poll of more than 13,000 Express.co.uk readers has found nine out of ten believe UK negotiators should stand their ground with Brussels.

The survey conducted on Friday July 3 between 8.53am and 7.00pm asked 13,687 readers “Is it time for Boris Johnson to compromise in trade talks with the EU?”

A huge 93 percent (12,695) of people thought the Prime Minister should not seek a compromise with the EU and voted no.

The conclusion of the fourth round of discussions has put both sides on course for a no deal outcome at the end of the transition period on December 31.

A poll of more than 13,000 Express.co.uk readers has found nine out of ten believe UK negotiators should stand their ground with Brussels.

The survey conducted on Friday July 3 between 8.53am and 7.00pm asked 13,687 readers “Is it time for Boris Johnson to compromise in trade talks with the EU?”

A huge 93 percent (12,695) of people thought the Prime Minister should not seek a compromise with the EU and voted no.

A second reader wrote: “Never compromise, they must be made to understand they cannot control us any longer for that is what they are trying to do.”

A third commented: “No compromise on anything if they don’t want a trade deal just leave on WTO terms and keep our integrity and sovereignty intact, no EU input laws or rules into anything in the UK.”

A fourth simply said: “NO Compromise. NO Surrender.”

Following the meeting in Brussels, David Frost said the meeting in person had given “extra depth and flexibility” to the discussions but he warned there was more to do.

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He said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

Michel Barnier warned there were still “serious divergences” between the two sides

He said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

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“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”

Mr Barnier added Brussels had “listened carefully” to the UK’s demands but insisted there could be no deal without agreements on fisheries and the level playing field which forces Britain to follow the EU’s standards.

He added: “We will continue to insist on parallel progress on all areas.

“The EU expects, in turn, its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement. We need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom.”

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Air France: Airline staff rage at ‘scandalous’ job cuts as Macron ploughs £7BN into firm

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A small group of 100 union members and employees, from cleaning staff to check-in assistants, demonstrated outside the airline’s base at Paris’ Roissy airport, criticising its plans to cut staff after receiving state aid to help the company to ride out the pandemic fallout. “It’s scandalous, the government is putting in 7 billion euros and the company is destroying jobs,” said 62-year-old Annick Blanchemin, who works as ground staff for the airline.

“They’ll push me to retire but I won’t get my maximum pension this way. And this is not how I wanted to leave.”

At least half of the cuts are likely to entail voluntary departures and retirement plans, sources familiar with the matter said this week.

The bulk of layoffs will fall at Air France, but unions said just over 1,000 will hit its sister airline “HOP!”, based in the eastern city of Nantes, where employees also erected banners in protest on Friday.

The French government – which granted Air France 7 billion euros ($7.87 billion) in aid, including state-backed loans, to help it to survive – has urged the airline to avoid compulsory layoffs, though it has conceded Air France was “on the edge.”

“A successful labour reorganisation is one where there are no forced departures,” junior economy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher told Sud Radio on Friday.

Plans by aircraft maker Airbus to cut some 15,000 jobs across Europe – with a third of those in France – sparked similar warnings this week, as a wave of restructuring triggered by the virus outbreak begins to hit.

Under CEO Ben Smith, who joined from Air Canada in 2018, Air France-KLM has sought to cut costs, improve French labour relations and overcome governance squabbles between France and the Netherlands, each owners of close to 14 percent of the group.

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Kim Jong-un declares ‘maximum alert’ of coronavirus despite reporting no cases

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Mr Kim made the announcement as he held a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party. He cautioned that a rash lifting of lockdown measures could result in an “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media reported Friday.

It was North Korea’s second politburo meeting in three months to review the country’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The meetings have lead to suggestions that the situation in the North could be severe, despite Pyongyang reports that there were no cases.

The summit was held on Thursday and it did not address inter-Korean relations.

“He stressed the need to maintain maximum alert without a slight self-complacence or relaxation on the anti-epidemic front, and rearrange and practice stricter anti-epidemic effort,” the Korean Central News Agency reported.

Mr Kim also made “sharp criticism of inattention, onlooking and chronic attitude getting prevalent among officials, and violation of the rules of the emergency anti-epidemic work as this work takes on a protracted character,” it added.

“He repeatedly warned that hasty relief of anti-epidemic measures will result in unimaginable and irretrievable crisis, stressing that all the sectors and units should further strengthen the emergency anti-epidemic work till the danger of pandemic incoming is completely rid of.”

The meeting also discussed the current construction of the Pyongyang General Hospital.

It convened Mr Kim was pleased with the progress in its building process as previously arranged “despite the difficult and unfavourable conditions.”

North Korea has been pushing for the hospital’s inauguration before October 10, the ruling party’s founding anniversary.

The regime said there have been no Covid-19 cases, after it took rapid action in January to avoid transmission.

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During the meeting, there were no discussions relating to the North’s relationship with South Korea.

Cross-border tensions rose again after North Korea launched a series of aggravating attacks in retaliation for anti-Pyongyang pamphlets sent by militants in South Korea.

It comes after last month North Korea blocked all means of communication with South Korea and blew up a liaison office in Kaesong.

Threats of retaliation followed with specific plans to be resolved at a Central Military Commission summit that will take place “at an earliest date.”

But North Korea has temporarily ceased in its provocations and belligerent attitude toward South Korea since Mr Kim suddenly paused “military action plans” against South Korea last week.

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The North’s leader did not explain the reason for suspending the plans.

It comes after North Korea revealed that it has seen its lowest decline in defections on record after restrictions were introduced on the movement of people in China during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The biggest reason behind the decline is that the national borders of these countries were closed after the outbreak of the coronavirus and cross-border movement became difficult,” said Yoh Sang-key, a spokesman for Seoul’s unification ministry.

“A more professional analysis is needed, but for now the decline in the number of incoming defectors appears to be affected by the shutdown of borders in neighbouring countries after the coronavirus outbreak emerged, which made it difficult for people to travel,” he told a regular briefing.

“The primary [factor] is the near-impossibility of North Korean refugees leaving from China,” he said.

Kim Young-hui, a North Korean-born researcher on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) economy at the Korea Development Bank (KDB), agreed that the pandemic was likely the reason for the continued drop in defections.

“Coronavirus made countries shut the borders, and this is likely the top reason that makes escaping North Korea harder these days,” Ms Kim told NK News.

“Also, the cost for defecting was already getting more expensive in recent years,” she added.

“To cross the Tumen River, you’ll need around 10,000,000 Korean won per person.”

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Hong Kong latest: Boris Johnson offers refuge to 3 million after China crackdown

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Mr Johnson said that Hong Kong’s freedoms were being violated and its 350,000 UK passport holders, as well as 2.6 million people with British National Overseas (BNO) status, will be offered an escape route out. Representing just under half of Hong Kong’s 7½ million population, they will be allowed to live in Britain for five years. After a further year they can apply for British citizenship. Britain had warned China to “step back from the brink” over the changes.

Under the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984, 13 years before Britain officially handed back the territory, Hong Kong has a level of autonomy for at least 50 years via the “one party, two systems” plan.

But China rammed its new law through parliament and kept the wording secret until Tuesday night, when it unveiled repressive measures against protesters.

Vandalism against government buildings or public transport can now be treated as subversion or terrorism with life sentences for rule-breakers.

And China’s feared security agencies will openly set up shop in Hong Kong for the first time.

Human rights groups say the law has “frightening loopholes” that could let Beijing round up protesters and extradite them to China.

Yesterday a man with a “Hong Kong Independence” flag was the first to be arrested – 23 years to the day since Britain returned the former colony to Chinese rule.

Pepper spray and water cannons were also used against protesters.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said: “The enactment of an imposition of this national security law constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British declaration.

“We made clear that if China continued down this path we would introduce a new route for those with BNO status to enter the UK, granting them limited leave to remain with the ability to live and work in the UK and thereafter to apply for citizenship, and that is precisely what we will do now.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told MPs: “We will live up to our responsibilities to the people of Hong Kong, and I can tell the House that after further detailed discussions with the Home Secretary, I can now confirm we will proceed to honour our commitment to change the arrangements for those holding BNO status.”

Currently they are only entitled to visa-free access to the UK for six months.

Alp Mehmet, the chairman of MigrationWatch pressure group, warned that the plan was “a potential disaster for immigration control”.

ANALYSIS by Alan Mendoza

The Government’s offer to resettle as many as three million Hong Kongers who possess British Overseas Nationality is both magnanimous and necessary.

For 50 years after the transfer of power in 1997, China agreed to preserve Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and autonomy.

Now, 23 years into the agreement, China’s promises lie in tatters.

To turn our backs on them now in their hour of need would send the message the UK cannot be trusted and that any of us might be similarly abandoned if the circumstances suited.

This might be China’s way, but it has never been ours.

As Britain prepares to relaunch itself as a global power post-Brexit, what better way to show we are back in business than by welcoming our fellow nationals back into the British fold.

• Alan Mendoza is a founder and the Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society.

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North Korea horror: Kim Jong-un ‘expected to use biological weapons’ against South

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Last month, the global community had a watchful eye over events unfolding in North Korea. The North’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, ramped up its acts of aggression and blew up a joint liaison office with the South in the border town of Kaesong. It came after hundreds of thousands of balloons landed in the North from the South.

Each balloon held anti-Kim leaflets thought to have been drawn up by non-governmental activists.

Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, reacted furiously, branding those responsible as “human scum”.

A report by the New York Post suggests the leaflets contained “dirty, insulting” depictions of Kim’s wife that led to the explosive retaliation.

Provocative images of Ri Sol Ju sparked “serious outrage” in Pyongyang, according to Agence France-Presse.

Alexander Matsegora, the Russian Ambassador to North Korea told Russian media outlet TASS: “The leaflets bore a special kind of dirty, insulting propaganda, aimed at the leader’s spouse.”

He said they were Photoshopped “in such a low-grade way” that they became the “last straw” for the Hermit Kingdom.

Yo Jong appeared equally outraged, calling the South “the enemy” before cutting a telecommunications line that had been in daily use between Seoul and Pyongyang.

Many have since called the string of aggression a mere ploy to draw attention to the North and reopen diplomatic negotiations with the US.

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This appeared affirmed when Kim announced the North would be scaling back its “military action” after having taken the “prevailing situation” into consideration.

The North’s willingness to oscillate between aggression and reason has, in the view of several experts, placed it in a dangerous region.

Fears largely centre around the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Yet, as journalist Yochi Dreazen in his 2018 Vox report on North Korea explained, the dictatorship has in recent years become something of a hoarder of chemical and biological weapons.

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The country is thought to have in its stores smallpox, yellow fever, anthrax, hemorrhagic fever, and even plague.

Speaking to Mr Dreazen, Andrew Webber, formerly the assistant secretary of defence for nuclear, chemical, and biological defence programmes, revealed how the North would likely use its bio-weaponry to cause lasting damage on masses of innocent people.

He said: “We would expect to see cocktails of fast-acting biological agents designed to stop troops in their tracks and regular infectious agents that would take more time to kill people.

“There would be a significant military impact, and a significant psychological one.

“It’s hard to overstate just how frightening these types of weapons are.”

Added to this, a 2017 report from Harvard University, which noted that minute quantities of anthrax “equivalent to a few bottles of wine” could kill up to half the population of a densely populated city like Seoul.

The paper went on to speculate that it is “theoretically” possible that North Korea could fire missiles containing anthrax into the South.

It also claimed it could use drones to spray lethal substances from the air.

North Korea is already considered highly skilled at handling deadly substances.

In 2017, two women trained by North Korean intelligence agents killed Kim’s estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam while the 45-year-old walked through an airport in Malaysia, smearing his face with VX.

Both women were later freed after Doan Thi Huong accepted a deal on a lesser charge of “causing injury” while charges against Siti Aisyah were dropped in March 2019.

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World War 3: China face Indian retaliation after invading disputed land and drawing flag

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Tensions between the two nations have ignited over recent weeks following the deadly dispute in Galwan Valley where at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Now China faces a furious backlash after mocking India.

In satellite imagery, the Mandarin characters meaning ‘China’ are seen written near the shore of Pangong Lake, an area located on the Line of Actual Control.

Troops appeared to have drawn a map of the Communist nation on the remote area in the disputed Himalayan region.

The area is close to the site of the bloody clashes between the two militaries back in May.

Pangong Lake has been divided into ‘fingers’ by Indian and Chinese forces.

India claims ownership of the shoreline from ‘finger one’ to ‘finger eight’.

But recently, China was accused of impeding an Indian patrol as it staked a claim for territory from ‘finger eight’ to ‘finger four’.

China has also built at least 186 huts along the disputed shoreline.

Images show construction has taken place on the tip of ‘finger four’ as well as two fast water crafts on ‘finger five’.

Last month, the dispute in Galwan Valley, in Ladakh, marked the first bloody altercation between the two countries in 45 years.

Reports said both sides had agreed to disarm while confronting each other last month.

However, fights broke out on the highly contested border and all the casualties were from the use of batons, knives and falls from the steep land.

Although the number of Chinese soldiers who died was not revealed, American Intelligence claimed there was at least 35 deaths including a senior officer.

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Following the dispute, calls were made for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to retaliate against the Communist Nation.

The leader of the opposition Congress Party Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter: “Why is the Prime Minister silent? Why is he hiding?

“Enough is enough. We need to know what has happened.

“How dare China kill our soldiers? How dare they take our land?”

Protests erupted across India as Chinese flags and products were burnt in the streets.

Since the altercation, fears of a World War 3 outbreak have ignited around the globe.

This week, the deputy speaker of Tibet’s India-based exile parliament said India must be “bolder” in its stance on the region.

Tibet has historically served as a buffer between the two nations but has grown increasingly under Chinese influence.

Over the last three decades, several rounds of talks have been held attempting to resolve the dispute, with no success.

The tensions have stretched back further in time, with 2017 seeing the two counties clash over China attempting to extend a border road through a disputed plateau.

Only once has outright war been fought between the two: 1962 saw India suffer a devastating defeat to China.

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