North Korea is accusing the US of spreading the Ebola virus. Top Pyongyang officials believe that the Ebola outbreak began as a biological weapon created by the United States.
A report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claims that an aide to ex-President Reagan informed them the US had invented a progenitor of Ebola virus “for the purpose of launching a biological warfare”.
The former aide appears to be Paul Craig Roberts, according to the Washington Post, an economist now better known for his sometimes controversial views. In October, Roberts published a blog post titled “Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?” which, rather than drawing from his time working in government, cited writings published online about Ebola by two academics working in America: Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois and Cyril Broderick, who teaches at Delaware State University.
North Korean officials may sincerely believe these theories, but there is also another element at play here. Since early 2014, Pyongyang has been fighting back against a United Nations report on North Korean human rights abuses, which concluded that the country’s abuses were “without any parallel in the contemporary world.” said the Wahington Post
Only a few weeks after a UN resolution condemned the country’s human right’s record, The KCNA criticised the US for its own human rights record, reports the Independent, arguing that the United States should face a human rights tribunal.