Weapon of mass destruction substance found on Jong Nam’s body, says IGP
Tests using dry swabs on the eye and face show the presence of the dangerous VX nerve agent.
Preliminary tests by the Chemistry Department on the body of Kim Jong Nam have found traces of VX nerve agent, a chemical substance classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, police said today.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the findings were announced by the department’s Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis after dry swabs were taken from the eye and face of the body.
“The chemical substance on the exhibits has been identified as Ethyl (S)-2 -diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate or ‘VX nerve agent’,” said Khalid in a statement today.
He said the substance is listed as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005 and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 1997.
“Other exhibits are still under analysis,” Khalid added.
Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was believed to have been attacked by two female assassins as he waited to board a flight from low budget terminal klia2 in Sepang on Feb 13.
The incident has triggered a diplomatic crisis between Malaysia and North Korea, after Pyongyang protested against an autopsy on the body, and accused Malaysia of collaborating with “hostile forces”.