A chemical known as ‘VX nerve agent’ has been identified as the murder weapon in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
According to Bernama, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, in a statement today said, this was stated in the preliminary analysis report by the Chemistry Department received by the police.
“The department’s Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis conducted analyses on several exhibits samples taken including dry swab from the eye mucosa and dry swab the face.
“The substance was analysed and identified as ethyl S-2-diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate or VX nerve agent,” he said.
VX, said Khalid is listed as a chemical weapon under the first schedule of the Chemical Weapons Convention Act Malaysia 2005 and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 1997.
Khalid added, several other exhibits are still in the process of analysis.
Jong-nam was at the KLIA 2 at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when two women suddenly appeared before him and wiped his face with the palms of their hands which contained a poisonous liquid.
Jong-nam sought help at a customer service counter at the airport and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.
He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6 and carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol.