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Poison That Killed Kim Jong-nam Was Banned Nerve Agent

26 February 2017

Kim Jong Nam, 46, fell ill and died after a woman rubbed his face with a toxic substance at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, and police have said they believe he was poisoned.

This comes one day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a freaky killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police say they have raided a condominium and are awaiting lab results on what they found.

North Korea is not a signatory to the global convention banning the production and use of the odourless, tasteless, and highly toxic chemical, which is considered a weapon for mass destruction by the United Nations.

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

South Korean and United States officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection.

The substance was detected on Kim's eyes and face, Malaysia's inspector general of police said in a written statement, citing a preliminary analysis from the country's Chemistry Department.

Meanwhile, Malaysian police officers and security experts are searching the terminal at Kuala Lumpur airport where Kim Jong Nam was murdered 12 days ago.

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Police attitudes hardened Saturday when they threatened to issue an arrest warrent for Hyon if he did not voluntarily come in for questioning within a "reasonable" time frame, according to Abdul Samah Mat, the police chief leading the investigation. It can be breathed in, swallowed or absorbed through the skin.

Though Malaysian police have completed post-mortem on the dead body, they said they will not release the body to the DPRK Embassy until they have received DNA samples from the next-of-kin of the dead man.

North Korea has not signed a global chemical weapons convention that prohibits the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.

The other woman, who is Vietnamese, was also arrested and has been questioned by Vietnamese officials.

Notably, Kim Jong-nam was known to be under the Chinese government's protection - so North Korea's ruler crossed his ultimate protector by ordering the murder.

In grainy surveillance footage, the women appear to smear something onto Kim's face before walking away in separate directions. Jong-nam immediately sought medical help, but suffered seizures shortly after the altercation and reportedly died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Then, in anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, it can cause a range of symptoms, from blurred vision to a headache.

Mr Andreano said Siti told embassy officials that she is not acquainted with Doan, and was introduced to two men who "looked like Japanese or Koreans".