Kim Jong-nam murder suspect 'paid $90 for baby oil prank'

However, two female assassins smeared the highly toxicVX nerve agent on Kim's face, leading to his instant death.

"VX only requires 10mg to be absorbed into the system to be lethal", Subramaniam said. "The doses were so high and it did it so fast and all over the body, so it would have affected his heart, it would have affected his lungs, it would have affected everything".

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women with poison to carry it out.

Doan Thi Huong, 28, was recruited to kill the North Korean exile for $90 (£72), Indonesian Police say.

Experts say the nerve agent used to kill Kim was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory and is banned under an worldwide treaty. The fallen minister had been seen as close to Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Nam died after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Monday while preparing to board a flight to Macau.

Early Sunday, more than a dozen officers in protective gear swept the budget terminal where Kim was attacked and said they found no traces of VX.

Malaysia on Thursday requested Interpol to put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects in the murder.

Malaysian police said one of the women had suffered from the effects of the chemical and had been vomiting.

North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia criticized the Malaysian investigations, arguing that they were politically motivated.

Another alleged attacker, a Vietnamese woman, has also been arrested.

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning North Korea for "crimes against humanity" and calling for referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.

She had told Indonesian embassy officials that she was paid RM400 (S$126) to take part in what she thought was a prank, and that she was under the impression the liquid given to her was baby oil.

Malaysia's The Star newspaper, citing a report in the China Press daily, said Siti Aisyah's friends chipped in to throw a birthday party for her at a well-known night club in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 12, just a day before she said she was set to participate in the prank.

  • Leroy Wright