The Malaysian police has just released an official statement which confirms that Kim Jong Un’s brother had a nerve agent on him, and the incidents surrounding Kim Jong Nam’s death clearly explains how one can become an international assassin.
Image shows Kim Jong Nam (Right) flanked by security officials.
A surveillance video showed two female suspects who allegedly sprayed him with the dangerous substance now identified as a VX nerve agent, according to a report from USA Today. The killers have since told police what they know.
This highly toxic chemical used in killing the North Korean, an estranged half-brother to the country’s president, was confirmed in preliminary report at Malaysia’s Center for Chemical Weapon Analysis.
Police Inspector- General Khalid Abu Bakar said in press release that the killer substance is known as ethyl N-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphosphonothiolate, or VX nerve agent – a chemical weapon classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
Kim Jong Nam died on 13 February, 2017, after he was attacked by two women who covered his face with the liquid as he was checking in for a flight at a Malaysian airport.
Traces of the poisonous substance were found in swabs on his face and eyes, the report adds.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described this liquid as the most lethal of all nerve agents, adding that it is more toxic than sarin once it gets in contact with the skin.
“It is possible that any visible VX liquid contact on the skin, unless washed off immediately, would be lethal,” says the CDC on its website.
A small dose of 10 milligrams on the skin, the report says, is enough to be fatal.
Although North Korea has denied any involvement with Kim Jong Nam’s death, the dictatorship is one out the few countries in with an alleged stockpile of such weapons of mass destruction.
The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 prohibits countries from having more than 100 grams of this substance per years, however, North Korea is among the six errant countries which have refused to join the world body.
Saddam Hussein is believed to have used this substance against Iranians and Kurdish forces during the deadly Iran-Iraq war of the 80s. And Kim Jong Un hasn’t been seen as a reasonable and good hearted president among world leaders.
VX gas was also used by Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, who allegedly killed 12 persons in a sarin gas attack in a 1995 Tokyo subway attack.
The deadly nerve gas has been used by many dictators and terrorists around the world.
North Korea has denied having the chemical weapon but it is widely believed that the country has large stockpiles of it, probably the world’s largest. Could this be why Kim is always talking and breathing nuclear war? Just maybe.
The South Korean Ministry of National Defense estimated in 2012 that North Korea had 2,500 to 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons.
All said, it is quite easy to become an international assassin, according to a report from WIRED. This is how.
The two women who killed Kim Jong Nam – a Vietnamese and an Indonesian, are currently in police custody. But how did they get roped into this criminal act?
Emma Gray Ellis described it in this way, ” Let’s say you find yourself in the airport in Kuala Lumpur. A stranger approaches with a spray bottle and a fistful of money and points to a man who looks more than a bit like the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Must be a coincidence, you think.
“The stranger explains that she’d like you to star in a hilarious prank TV show that asks ordinary citizens to spray random people with water for the lulz. What’s the risk, right? Right?
“Wrong. Congratulations. You just got punk’d into becoming an international assassin. It was strangers on a train in a terminal.
“In all seriousness, if it’s true that Siti Aisyah, the woman suspected of killing Kim Jong-nam by spraying him in the face with an unknown substance, didn’t know what she was doing, could she have known better? How would anyone have known better?
“Science is how. But in the world of chemistry, distinguishing water from weapon can be a lot trickier than you’d think…”
“Some chemicals are more viscous or syrupy than water,” says Gabriele Ludewig, a toxicologist at the University of Iowa.