Friday, February 24, 2017

North Korean Leader's Brother Kim Jong-nam Was Murdered By VX Nerve Agent

New York Times: Kim Jong-nam Was Killed by VX Nerve Agent, Malaysians Say

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The poison used to kill Kim-Jong-nam, the brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was VX nerve agent, a substance listed as a chemical weapon, the Malaysian police announced on Friday.

In a brief statement, Khalid Abu Bakar, the national police chief, said the substance was listed as a chemical weapon under Chemical Weapons Conventions of 1997 and 2005.

Samples were taken from Mr. Kim’s skin and eye. The poison was identified in preliminary analysis by the Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis of the Chemistry Department of Malaysia, Mr. Khalid said.

The statement gave the chemical name as Ethyl S-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphosphonothiolate.

The police chief’s announcement came just a day after North Korea denied any responsibility for Mr. Kim’s death, accusing the Malaysian authorities of fabricating evidence of Pyongyang’s involvement under the influence of the North’s archrival, South Korea.

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More News On Reports That Kim Jong-nam Was Murdered By VX Nerve Agent

Kim Jong-nam killing: VX nerve agent 'found on his face' -- BBC
Police say nerve agent was found on face of killed N.Korean -- AP
VX nerve agent found on Kim Jong-Nam face: Malaysia police -- AFP
Malaysia says VX nerve agent was used in murder of Kim Jong Nam -- Reuters
Kim Jong Nam Killed With U.N.-Banned Nerve Agent, Malaysia Says -- WSJ
Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, a chemical weapon, say Malaysian police -- The Guardian
VX nerve agent found on Kim Jong-Nam face, say Malaysia police -- SBS
Nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong Nam: police -- SKY News
Kim Jong Nam probe: Chemical weapon VX nerve agent used, Malaysia police say -- Channel News Asia

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