February 24, 2017 13:16
The poison that killed Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week was a nerve agent classified as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said Friday.
Preliminary analysis found traces of VX nerve agent on Kim's eyes and face.
At least 100 times more toxic than Sarin, VX can cause death within minutes if even a small drop is inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin, unless it is immediately washed off.
The oily substance is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also classifies it as a chemical weapon. It was developed in the 1950s but thought to be so toxic that it was abandoned.
CCTV footage appears to show a female suspect accosting Kim at the airport and rubbing a substance on his face.
Asked about suspected North Korean operatives bringing a lingering chemical weapon into an international airport, a source close to the Malaysian government commented, "Not very diplomatic," according to the Guardian.
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