Banned Nerve Agent Killed Kim Jong Nam Within 20 Minutes, Malaysia Says

"This is one of those agents that absorbs well through the skin", Subramaniam said Sunday.

A joint-operation was conducted earlier today by the police's Forensics Unit, the Fire and Rescue Department's Hazardous Materials team and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) to sweep areas of the airport, where Jong-Nam was attacked, for traces of the deadly chemical.

Officials had previously insisted that the airport - which has seen tens of thousands of passengers pass through since the attack almost two weeks ago - was safe.

Malaysian police said they had been trained to go immediately to the washroom and clean their hands.

The news Friday that lethal VX nerve agent was used in the attack sparked anger in Malaysia and brought condemnation from South Korea, which has pointed the finger at the North over Kim's death.

Three suspects remain in custody and seven more people are wanted by the police.

In leaked CCTV footage, two women are seen shoving something into Kim's face at the airport's Terminal 2.

Four of them flew out of Kuala Lumpur airport shortly after the attack on Mr Kim, returning to Pyongyang via a complicated route that avoided China.

Siti Aisyah, 25, told Indonesian embassy officials that she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam's face with "baby oil" as part of a reality show joke.

Given that Malaysia is one of the few friends of North Korea the diplomatic meltdown resulting from this incident has caused concern, particularly given North Korean remarks on its nuclear capabilities in missives presented to the Malaysian authorities.

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgit ($90; £72) to carry out a prank. The man was carrying North Korean travel documents bearing the name Kim Chol with a birth date of June 1970 and birthplace of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.

A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday (Feb 28) to claim the body of the man believed to be Kim Jong Nam.

"We confirm, number one, there is no hazardous material found in KLIA2, number two, KLIA2 is free from any form of contamination of hazardous material and thirdly, KLIA2 is declared a safe zone", Abdul Samat Mat, the police chief of Selangor state who is leading the investigation, told reporters at the airport. Malaysian authorities have asked the North Koreans to provide a DNA sample from a Kim family member.

  • Zachary Reyes