Updates with Murder of Kim Jong Nam

March 2, 2017

 

 

Updates with the murder of Kim Jong Nam — who is the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: An autopsy report revealed he died from VX nerve agent — which is a very dangerous substance and classified as chemical weapon and a weapon of mass destruction. Only 10 milligrams of it via skin contact can kill you. 

 

Two women who applied it on his face at the Malaysian airport have been charged with murder. Both say they thought it was just a prank and have denied knowledge that they were involved in an alleged assassination attempt. They will undergo trial and face the death penalty if found guilty. 

 

North Korea rejected the autopsy finding that he died of VX — saying Nam probably died of a heart attack and has denied any involvement. 

 

Relations between Malaysia and North Korea is now strained — previously Malaysia allowed North Koreans to come without visas, but that has been suspended. Malaysia has also refused to transport Nam’s body to North Korea. 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/02/518136090/north-korea-claims-kim-jong-nam-likely-died-of-a-heart-attack-not-poisoning

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