- Tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula after recent missile tests
- "The security situation... is getting increasingly severe," Abe said
Tokyo (CNN)North Korea may already have the capability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve agent, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.
Chemical weapons capability
Sarin is a liquid that is clear, colorless, tasteless and odorless. It is an extremely volatile nerve agent because of its ability to change from liquid to gas.
Once it evaporates, it can spread rapidly, and breathing it in can lead to almost instantaneous effects.
Exposure to large doses can lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, paralysis and respiratory failure. Victims can die within 10 minutes.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention