Malaysian Police 'to Take DNA Samples from Kim Jong-nam's Son'
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 13:21
The estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was killed in Kuala Lumpur worldwide airport last week, in what South Korean and USA officials say was an assassination carried out by North Korean agents.
A quick search online said the VX nerve agent is classified according to global conventions as a weapon of mass destruction. It's still unclear how the suspects allegedly handled the VX, but analysts say that North Korea is probably capable of producing VX as a binary agent, where two chemicals that are separately harmless become a nerve agent when mixed together.
Two women went up to him and wiped the poison on his face before walking away.
Making chemical weapons isn't extremely hard, and the North likely uses chemical fertilizer plants to manufacture its weapons, according to South Korean experts.
Seven North Korean men are wanted as suspects in the case, including a diplomat from the country's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, in addition to the four people already in custody.
Nerve agents are chemically similar to organophosphate pesticides and exert their effects by interfering with the normal function of the nervous system.
North Korea didn't like the fact that Malaysia conducted a post-mortem, it accused Malaysia of having "sinister" purposes. Absorbed in large doses, it is fatal after 15 minutes, according to the US Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Centre, making it the most toxic known nerve agent in the world.
National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar previously said the woman who attacked Kim from behind clearly knew she was carrying out an attack, dismissing claims that she thought she was taking part in a TV prank.
A statement Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 from the inspector general of police said that a preliminary analysis from the Chemistry Department of Malaysia identified the agent at "VX NERVE AGENT".
The thick, oily poison was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, experts say, and is banned under global treaties.
In high enough quantities, VX can cause convulsions and paralysis. Within seconds to hours of exposure, however, they may experience some or all of the symptoms below.
Even a tiny amount of VX, less than would fill a thimble, can kill.