Kim Jong Nam probe: Chemical weapon VX nerve agent used, Malaysia police say

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Malaysian police said on Friday (Feb 23) a preliminary report showed the murder of Kim Jong Nam was carried out with a highly toxic chemical known as VX nerve agent.

The Inspector General of Malaysia Khalid Abu Bakar said in a press release that the Centre for Chemical Weapons identified the substance in its preliminary analysis.

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The police said swabs were taken from the eye and the face of the dead North Korean national.

Malaysian police added the substance was identified as ethyl N-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate (or VX nerve agent) in a report by its chemistry department. The substance is a chemical weapon classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

Kim Jong Nam is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The body of a North Korean man who died in an apparent assassination at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13 has been unclaimed in a Kuala Lumpur hospital.

His passport identifies him as “Kim Chol”, but police need DNA, medical and dental records to confirm who he is.

This is a developing story.

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