For his family's protection, the soldier's name is not being disclosed. He is believed to have either been exposed or vaccinated for anthrax, a truly serious bacterial disease. He reportedly became immune to anthrax before defecting.
This may indicate that North Korea is planning on using anthrax for its military ambitions. If so, it's a war crime and Kim Jong Un would be in trouble.
"Anthrax antibodies have been found in the North Korean soldier who defected this year," an unnamed South Korean source said in an official capacity to Channel A.
This news comes in the wake of earlier reports that North Korea was beginning tests to mount anthrax onto their intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of reaching the U.S.
The tests were used to determine whether anthrax could handle the intense heat and pressure it would undergo on an ICBM.
The Japanese newspaper Asahi reported that "North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM's re-entry into the atmosphere. In part, there is unconfirmed information that it has already succeeded in such experiments."
So say what you will about President Trump, but he's dealing with an evil lunatic who must be stopped.