Family of Kim Jong-nam to arrive soon: Malaysian police

Tests using dry swabs on the eye and face show the presence of the unsafe VX nerve agent.

The finding follows a preliminary analysis of facial and eye swabs of the victim, who is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Malaysia's national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar says help has been sought from Interpol to issue an alert for the four North Korean suspects who left Malaysia on the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed.

The man-made nerve agent is classified as a chemical weapon and is thought to be one of those stockpiled by Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria until it agreed to get rid of its chemical weapons in 2014.

He died shortly after two women were seen on CCTV assaulting him and rubbing something in his face.

"Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK (North Korea) side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner", the North's Korean Jurists Committee said, in comments carried by the state-run news agency.

"The host country can also request the sending country, in this case North Korea, to waive the diplomatic immunity of this person".

While his role in Jong-nam's murder is still unclear, it is learnt that the man might have connections to the suspects detained.

Malaysian police said he suffered a seizure and died before he reached hospital.

VX is an odorless and tasteless substance and is among "the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents", according to the Centers for Disease Control.

This latest development comes after North Korea said Malaysia was to blame for the death of Kim Jong-Nam.

  • Leroy Wright