Malaysia condemns use of VX at airport; prepares to deport North Korean | Information


By Praveen Menon and Angie Teo

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia condemned using VX, the tremendous poisonous nerve agent that killed the estranged half-brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un in a Kuala Lumpur airport final month, as authorities on Friday ready to deport a North Korean suspect.

Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport, the place he was assaulted by two girls who allegedly smeared his face with VX, a chemical categorized by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

“The Ministry strongly condemns using such a chemical weapon by anybody, wherever and below any circumstances. Its use at a public place may have endangered most of the people,” the Malaysian international ministry mentioned in an announcement.

The ministry mentioned it was in shut contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an inter-governmental group primarily based within the Netherlands, relating to the incident.

“Malaysia doesn’t produce, stockpile, import, export or use any Schedule 1 poisonous chemical substances together with VX, and has made annual declarations to that impact to the OPCW,” the assertion mentioned.

Relations between Malaysia and North Korea, who’ve maintained pleasant ties for many years, have soured because the killing of Kim Jong Nam on the airport two weeks in the past.

North Korea’s envoy to Malaysia has mentioned earlier that police investigations within the case can’t be trusted. North Korea has not accepted that the useless man is Kim Jong Nam, and mentioned on Thursday that its citizen could have died of a coronary heart assault.

South Korean intelligence and U.S. officers say the homicide was an assassination organized by North Korean brokers, although the one suspects charged within the case thus far are an Indonesian girl and a Vietnamese girl.


Kim Jong Nam was ready on the departure corridor of the airport when he was assaulted by two girls, a Vietnamese and an Indonesian, who wiped his face with a liquid, recognized by an post-mortem as VX. He died inside 20 minutes of the assault.

Each girls have been charged with homicide earlier this week. They’ve informed diplomats from their dwelling nations that they thought they have been collaborating in a prank for actuality tv.

One other North Korean suspect, who was arrested on Feb 18 over the killing was launched from a detention heart on Friday, and pushed away in a police convoy, a Information witness mentioned.

Ri Jong Chol, who had been detained a couple of days after the killing was taken to the immigration workplace carrying a bullet proof vest to arrange his deportation to North Korea.

Malaysia’s attorney-general informed Information on Thursday that he can be launched because of inadequate proof.

Police have recognized seven different North Koreans wished in reference to the killing, together with a senior embassy official in Kuala Lumpur. 4 of them have left the nation and are believed to be in Pyongyang.

(Extra reporting by Ju-min Park in SEOUL; writing by Praveen Menon; Enhancing by Simon Cameron-Moore)