Chemical Weapon VX Nerve Agent Kills Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia's Royal Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar demonstrates to the media during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 22 how VX nerve agent was applied by two female assailants on Kim Jong-nam's face, killing him in minutes. (Reuters Photo/Athit Perawongmetha)

By : Sheany | on 11:09 AM February 24, 2017
Category : International, SE Asia

Jakarta. Malaysian police announced on Friday (24/02) that a preliminary report revealed the poison used to kill Kim Jong-nam — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother — at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 was the "VX Nerve Agent," a listed chemical weapon.

In a statement released to the media, Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the substance was listed as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 1997.

According to Khalid, the Malaysia's Chemistry Department took samples from Kim’s face and eye, and the substance was identified by the Center for Chemical Weapons Analysis of the department.

The statement ended with the note that "other exhibits are under analysis."

Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported on Thursday that Malaysian police are expecting Kim Jong-nam’s next-of-kin to come to Malaysia in a day or two to identify the body of the deceased.

On Thursday, North Korea blamed Malaysia for the death of one of its citizens last week, accusing it of an "unfriendly attitude" in a scenario drawn up by South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated the North Korean leader’s half-brother.

According to a report from Reuters, KCNA, the North Korean state news agency, is the first official media to report of the killing and did not name the person who died on the way to the hospital or acknowledge that he was the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, referring to him only as "a citizen of the DPRK."

The KCNA report accused Malaysia of breaking international law by conducting autopsies on a person bearing a diplomatic passport.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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