KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent.
The North Koran had died last week after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
Malaysian toxicology reports are of the view that Kim was attacked with ‘VX nerve agent’, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.
North Korea is being accused of being behind the attack, which it fiercely denies.
The well-travelled and multilingual oldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, he was once considered a potential future leader. He has lived abroad for years and was bypassed in favour of his half-brother, Kim Jong-un.
A woman was seen in CCTV footage approaching Mr Kim and wiping something across his face. He sought medical help at the airport, saying someone had splashed or sprayed him with liquid.He had a seizure and died on the way to hospital.
Malaysia says it was clearly an attack by North Korean agents. Four people are in custody, including one North Korean and the two women he interacted with at the airport. Seven North Koreans are being sought, including a diplomat.
Mr Kim died on the way to hospital shortly after the 13 February airport encounter. His body remains in a hospital mortuary, amid a diplomatic dispute over who should claim it.
Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Friday that the presence of the nerve agent was detected in swabs taken from Mr Kim’s eyes and face by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia.
He said other exhibits were still under analysis and that police were investigating how the banned substance might have entered Malaysia.