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.
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.