Malaysia strongly condemns use of VX nerve agent in Jong-nam murder

  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Mar 2017

Members of Malaysia's Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the KLIA2 in Sepang on Feb 26. - AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Wisma Putra said on Friday it strongly condemned the use of the toxic nerve agent VX, which authorities say was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Kuala Lumpur International airport last month.

Kim Jong-nam, 45, (pic) was murdered on Feb 13 at the airport's budget terminal with the VX nerve agent, a chemical classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

"The Ministry strongly condemns the use of such a chemical weapon by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. Its use at a public place could have endangered the general public," it said in a statement.

The foreign ministry was in close contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons regarding the incident, the statement said.

Jong-nam was killed by two women, who wiped his face with a chemical that has since been identified as the VX nerve agent at the KLIA2 departure hall. He was about to leave for Macau. - Reuters


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