Autopsy reveals what actually killed Kim Jong-un's half-brother


The odd story of the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother took a turn for the even more surreal with Malaysian police confirming on Friday (local time) that a substance classified as a chemical weapon was used in the murder of the leader's sibling at the Kuala Lumpur airport earlier this month.

The leaked CCTV footage shows Kim asking for help from airport staff, who direct him to a clinic, after he is ambushed.

North Korea is not a signatory to the worldwide 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.

A statement from the inspector-general of police on Friday said a preliminary analysis of substances taken from Mr Kim's face identified "VX nerve agent". Although it can cause an immediate reaction on contact with skin, it can be washed off. A fraction of a drop of VX, absorbed through the skin, can fatally disrupt the nervous system. Its use is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but North Korea is not a signatory to the agreement.

The Nuclear Threat Initiative reports North Korea possesses between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of VX.

Malaysian police arrested a 28-year-old woman Wednesday morning on suspicion of participating in the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un's estranged half-brother.

Police have detained and are questioning a North Korean national suspected of producing the chemical, VX, Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reported.

"Our priority is always to ensure passengers' security and safety, and we are engaging closely with all the relevant parties such as Ministry of Health to facilitate any measures that are required", said Badlisham Ghazali, managing director of Malaysia Airports. Asked Friday in a text message whether that was still the case, Khalid said, "We are doing it now".

The eldest son of late leader Kim Jong-il was murdered in a Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February.

Yes, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo used VX in a series of attacks in 1995.

But more than a thousand tons of nerve agent were kept at the depot until 2008, hidden to most of the world. The U.S. never used VX in combat. That would explain how they could have handled the cloths with impunity.' Now that we know the agent was VX, Robertson points out that this poison can be employed as a binary weapon. According to the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, North Korea has four military bases equipped with nerve gasses, and 11 facilities where chemical weapons are stored, as well as 13 development and research centers.

They had rehearsed the attack in shopping malls before carrying it out on Kim Jong-nam.

Malaysia has not blamed the North Korean state for the death, but says North Koreans were clearly behind it.