UNITED NATIONS: North Korea's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has denied that the man assassinated in Malaysia was the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and that the United States and South Korea should be blamed for the killing.
Kim In-ryong told the media here Monday that the case of the assassination "is the product of reckless moves of the United States and South Korean authorities aimed to ... tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK and to bring down the Socialist system".
Kim spoke in response to a question on the assassination during a news conference he had called to condemn a recent UN Security Council statement denouncing recent North Korea ballistic missile launches as a threat to international peace and security.
However, he acknowledged that the man who was poisoned to death at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13 by two assailants was a North Korean citizen with a diplomatic passport.
"The United States and the South Korean authority are groundlessly blaming the DPRK, asserting that he was intoxicated by a highly poisonous VX nerve substance," Kim said, referring to the victim who has been identified by Malaysian authorities as Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of Jon-un.
The ambassador said Washington wanted to "store up international repugnancy towards the DPRK ... to provoke nuclear war against the DPRK at any cost".
He also raised the question as to where the assailants were able to obtain such a banned chemical weapon as VX, pointing out the US has "a stockpile" of such outlawed weapons.
Kim also said the US and South Korean assertion that the assailants were unaffected while applying VX to a victim was an "absurdity". - Bernama