Kim Jong-un’s half brother ‘was killed by a deadly banned NERVE AGENT!!

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Shocking pictures show Kim Jong-Nam slumped in a chair having been poisoned

The estranged half brother of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un was assassinated with a deadly nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysian police revealed today.

Kim Jong Nam, 45, whose sibling denies plotting his murder, had traces of the banned chemical weapon VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations, on his face and his eyes.

The revelation raised serious questions about public safety in a building that authorities went 11 days without decontaminating.

If VX was used, it could have contaminated not only the airport but anywhere else Jong Nam had been, including medical facilities and the ambulance he was transported in. The nerve agent, which has the consistency of motor oil, can take days or even weeks to evaporate.

Security experts say it would be easy to smuggle a small amount of VX into Malaysia in a diplomatic pouch, which are not subject to regular customs checks.

Police said one of two women suspected of the killing was vomiting profusely afterwards and experts says that his murderers were probably wearing thin gloves and washed their hands afterwards to avoid killing themselves.

Kim Jong Nam died on February 13 and now police say a nerve agent was found on his face

Other shots show him stumbling, wiping his face, and seeking help from people while gesturing to his eyes before being escorted to a clinic. He later slumped in a chair after he suffered a seizure and died on February 13.

Traces of VX, considered one of the five most deadly chemical weapons of war that produces a feeling of drowning before death, were detected on swabs of the dead man’s face and eyes.

Matthew Meselson, a professor of biochemistry at Harvard, told the Washington Post that VX is quite easy to produce.

The board member of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation said: ‘A good organic chemist could synthesize VX relatively easily. You could get the ingredients and make it in a couple of days, and if you make it pure, it’s quite stable’.

Police have not said how the women were able to apply the nerve agent to his face and also avoid becoming ill themselves.

Detectives said earlier that the two attackers rubbed a liquid on Kim Jong Nam’s face before walking away and quickly washing their hands. He sought help from airport staff but died before he reached the hospital.

NORTH KOREA’S 5,000-TONNE STASH OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

North Korea has up to 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, South Korean experts said today, including the toxin used to assassinate its leader’s half-brother.

Traces of VX – a nerve agent listed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations – were detected on swabs from the face and eyes of Kim Jong-Nam.

South Korea’s defence ministry said in its 2014 Defence White Paper that the North began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s and estimated that it has about 2,500 to 5,000 tonnes in stock.

North Korea has chemical weapons production facilities in eight locations including the north-eastern port of Chongjin and the north-western city of Sinuiju, it said in the 2012 edition of the document.

‘North Korea is believed to have a large stockpile of VX, which can easily be manufactured at low cost,’ defence analyst Lee Il-Woo at the private Korea Defence Network told AFP.

Military science professor Kim Jong-Ha at Hannam University said the North has 16 kinds of nerve agents including VX and sarin, used by a Japanese doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo, in the 1995 attack at the Tokyo subway system that killed 12 people.

It also possesses other lethal chemicals, including suffocating, blistering and blood agents, Kim said, as well as 13 types of biological weapons such as anthrax and bubonic plague.

North Korea has not signed a global chemical weapons convention that prohibits the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.

More than 160 countries signed the treaty, that went into force in 1997.

VX nerve agent, or S-2 Diisoprophylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate, is chemical weapon classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

The seeming contradiction of a poison that could kill him quickly but not sicken the attackers has stumped outside experts.

Bruce Goldberger, a leading toxicologist who heads the forensic medicine division at the University of Florida, said some protective measures must have been in place if the women handled the substance without gloves.

‘It’s also possible that the toxin was encapsulated, then activated when applied to the skin,’ he said before the latest police statement. ‘As additional information is provided to the media by the police, it seems more likely that a new or modified chemical or biological agent was utilized in the attack.’ +16

A similar white top was worn by a woman shown in CCTV footage from the terminal minutes after Kim Jong-nam was killed

‘The other chemical agents like sarin, tabun, those kinds of things, they’re way below this. They’re toxic, yes, but this is the king,’ said John Trestrail, a U.S. forensic toxicologist who has examined more than 1,000 poisoning crimes.

He said an amount of VX weighing two pennies could kill 500 people though skin exposure.

He and other experts stressed the importance of having the results confirmed by an independent reference laboratory, especially given the nerve agent’s rarity.

But South Korea said today that the use of VX was a ‘blatant violation’ of an international treaty.

‘We are shocked by the latest revelation by the Malaysian authorities that VX… was used in the death of Kim Jong-Nam,’ Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

It called it a ‘blatant violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and other international norms’.

Unlike Pyongyang, Seoul – which first pointed the finger at the North over Kim’s death – is a signatory to the Convention, which went into force in 1997.

‘The use of any chemical weapons is strictly banned for any reason and in any place,’ the foreign ministry statement said.

South Korea’s defence ministry said in its 2014 Defence White Paper that the North began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s and estimated that it has about 2,500 to 5,000 tonnes in stock.

In a 2015 assessment, the Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative wrote: ‘North Korea claims that it does not possess chemical weapons.

‘While assessing stockpiles and capabilities are difficult, the DPRK is thought to be among the world’s largest possessors of chemical weapons, ranking third after the United States and Russia.’

Malaysia’s police chief said last night that investigators want to question a North Korean embassy official about Kim Jong Nam’s death, saying he should cooperate if he has nothing to hide despite having diplomatic immunity.

North Korea has previously used diplomatic pouches ‘to smuggle items including contraband and items that would be subjected to scrutiny if regular travel channels were used’, said Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the Singapore-based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has previously said the woman who ambushed Kim from behind clearly knew she was carrying out a poison attack, dismissing claims that she thought she was taking part in a TV prank.

‘The lady was moving away with her hands towards the bathroom,’ Khalid said earlier this week.

As Malaysian toxicologists reveal that the banned nerve agent VX was used in the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, here are some key questions and answers about the deadly weapon of mass destruction.

What is it?

Code-named by the US scientists who mass produced it, VX is an organophosphate compound and one of the deadliest chemical agents ever manufactured.

Stockpiled by the US in huge quantities during the Cold War, VX is perhaps 10 times as powerful as the Sarin toxin.

Odourless and clear when pure, it has the appearance of motor oil and is stable enough to be transported. It is also hard to detect, an advantage for a would-be assassin.

Downsides are that it lingers, potentially contaminating areas for long periods of time.

‘It can kill an adult weighing 70 kilogrammes with just five milligrammes on the skin,’ said Yosuke Yamasato, former principal of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Chemical School.

‘It’s unbelievable that the executors of the crime used it with their bare hands – they must have not known the material was VX.’

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Code-named by the US scientists who mass produced it, VX is an organophosphate compound and one of the deadliest chemical agents ever manufactured (file picture)

It strikes the nervous system fast. A high dose can kill in minutes when inhaled, as the blood vessels in the lungs rapidly spread the compound into the bloodstream and vital organs.

Nerve agents over-stimulate glands and muscles, leading them to quickly fatigue and become unable to sustain breathing.

Symptoms depend on dosage and whether it is inhaled or introduced through the skin – the slower form of poisoning.

Exposure to low doses is survivable.

But more serious contamination is fast-acting and often gruesome. People exposed to the toxin may become short of breath and nauseous in minutes, or at a higher dose experience seizures, heart failure and a total shut down of the respiratory system.

There are antidotes but treatment must be immediate. US soldiers carried kits to inject themselves with antidote during the first Iraq War.

Source:Daily Mail.com

 



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