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Malaysian police says Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent

Feb 24, 2017, 3:17 AM EST
North Korean chemistry expert arrested in Kim murder probe
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In the latest revelation related to the apparent assassination of North Korean leader’s half brother, the Malaysian police said on Friday that Kim Jong-nam was killed by a chemical weapon, called V.X. nerve agent. The banned substance, categorized as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, disrupts the transmission of nerve impulses and can kill the subject within minutes.

The Malaysian authorities are decontaminating the airport areas and other locations that were visited by Jong-nam and his suspected assassins, notes the BBC. The probe also focuses on how the banned substance might have entered Malaysia.

It is learned that one of the women, who carried out the assault, also suffered the aftereffects of the toxic chemical and had been vomiting, writes Reuters. The use of V.X. nerve agent in Jong-nam’s killing further raises the possibility that North Korea, which maintains the third-largest stockpile of chemical weapons, might have been involved in the bizarre murder executed at a busy Kuala Lumpur airport.