The Malaysian authorities have revealed the chemical agent used to kill Kim Jong Nam, King Jong Un’s half-brother. The report shows that it was a chemical known as VX nerve agent.
According to the authorities, to identify this, experts from the Chemistry Department of Malaysia apparently had to take swabs from the victim’s eye. The nerve agent is also known as S-2 Diisoprophylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate.
The VX nerve agent is considered as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, the ABC reports. The substance is believed to have been administered by two women on the Kim Jong Nam’s face while he was checking in at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.
According to the Australian, this substance is more powerful than sarin. Just a tiny sample of 10 mg is enough to kill a person through skin contact. Inhaling 3-50 mg of it is also deadly.
However, the chemical is tasteless and colorless. Once affected, the victim will experience uncontrolled, violent muscle contraction then muscle paralysis. Paralysis of the diaphragm leads to death by asphyxiation.
According to Malaysia’s national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, they have collaborated with the Interpol to issue an alert for the four North Korean nationals suspected of being responsible for the assassination. These suspects left Malaysia the day the brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed.
However, there is not much hope for arresting these four suspects. Apparently, those four have already returned to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. So it is doubtful that Interpol can do so much since the country is not a member of the international organization.
Malaysia’s national police chief also said that they do not have any plans to deploy any officers to retrieve DNA samples from the victim’s family. The victim was supposed to return to Macau on the day he died, the ABC states.
Meanwhile, the official state-controlled media of North Korea, KCNA, has reported about the incident, stating that the investigation was full of holes and contradictions. The media also did not acknowledge who the victim was. All they said was that a North Korean citizen with a diplomatic passport was the victim of the incident.
The Korean Jurists Committee also released a statement to KCNA that the investigation also lacked fairness. They also accuse the South Korean government of influencing it and blaming North Korea for killing their leader’s half brother. However, the Malaysian police have not explicitly pinpointed North Korea for being responsible for the death of Kim Jong Nam.