SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

October 07, 2009 05:00 ET

North Korea Has Stockpiles of Biological Weapons According to Report; Universal Detection Technology to Be Selected by U.S. Department of Commerce to Prepare South Korea

In Response to a South Korean Defense Ministry Report on the North Korean Bio-Threat, UNDT to Become Featured U.S. Exporter of Bioterrorism Equipment to South Korea

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, announced today that it will become a featured exporter of biological weapon detection equipment in South Korea. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service will assist UNDT in the listing. According to a South Korean defense ministry report issued yesterday, the North Korean regime is capable of unleashing 13 types of lethal biological agents.

In one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship's biological weapons arsenal, the report said that North Korea has the ability to launch as many as 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attacks. In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the defense minister also said that the North has 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are anthrax, cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery.

Universal Detection Technology's 5-agent Bioterrorism detection kits, the premier product available under the agreement, have been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the United States. Testing of the kits by the U.S. DOD, as well as the United Kingdom military, show that the kits demonstrate no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered "white powders." The kits are designed to test for anthrax, botulinum toxin, Ricin, plague (Y. Pestis) and SEBs in as little as three minutes.

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About Universal Detection Technology

Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The company, on its own and with development partners, is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, Universal Detection Technology, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems and antimicrobial products.

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