A police officer closes the main gate of the forensics wing of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysian capital, where the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is being kept. ( Image credit: Manan Vatsyayana / AFP)

North Korea leader’s half brother killed by VX nerve agent: Malaysia police

KUALA LUMPUR // North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother was murdered with a nerve agent manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday.

Releasing a preliminary toxicology report on Kim Jong-nam’s death at Kuala Lumpur airport, police revealed the poison used by the assassins was the odourless, tasteless and highly toxic nerve agent VX.

North Korea has a vast chemical weapons stockpile, including VX, of up to 5,000 tonnes, South Korean experts claimed.

Traces of VX were detected on swabs of the dead man’s face and eyes, police said. Leaked CCTV footage from the February 13 murder shows him being approached by two women who appear to push something in his face.

A tiny drop of the agent is enough to fatally damage a victim’s central nervous system.

One of the two women suspects who remain in custody fell ill after the killing. Police said she had been vomiting.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar added atomic energy experts would sweep the airport’s busy terminal where the Cold War-era attack took place for traces of the toxin, the most deadly chemical agent yet developed, as well as other locations the women passed through.

Mr Khalid said detectives would look for the source of the VX.

"We are investigating how it entered the country," he said.

However, he added that "if the amount of the chemical brought in was small, it would be difficult for us to detect".

A leading regional security expert said it would not have been difficult to smuggle VX into Malaysia in a diplomatic pouch, which are no...Read more...

Source: thenational.ae