North Korean leader's half brother killed by extremely dangerous chemical

Source : 112 Ukraine

VX nerve agent is the most toxic substance ever artificially synthesized, it is used as a chemical weapon
10:28, 24 February 2017


VX nerve agent, a chemical included to the UN list of weapons of mass destruction, was used to kill the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week, according to Malaysian police. This was reported by Reuters.

Kim Jong Nam died on February 13 after being assaulted by two women who threw the chemical to his face as he prepared to board a flight to Macau.

South Korean and US officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection.

Malaysian police were investigating whether the illegal VX - believed to be the most toxic known nerve agent - was brought into the country or made there. Authorities intended to decontaminate the airport, along with other locations that suspects, three of whom were caught last week, had visited.

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Police are holding the two women - one Vietnamese and the other Indonesian - along with a North Korean man. They are also seeking seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the case, including a diplomat at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Airport camera footage released on Monday by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV shows the moment they assaulted Kim Jong Nam. In later clips he is seen asking airport officials for medical help, and rubbing his eyes and stumbling as he entered an airport clinic. Authorities said he complained of dizziness and died on the way to hospital.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemns North Korea's launch of ballistic missile. Such actions may lead to further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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