US finds North Korea murdered by Kim Jong Un-brother with VX agent
WASHINGTON: The United States formally decided on Tuesday that North Korea killed the half-brother of Kim Jong Un with the banned VX nerve agent, who shot at Pyongyang because he was using a chemical weapon at a packed international airport.
Kim Jong Nam died in February last year, shortly after two women shot his face with a liquid as he passed through Kuala Lumpur Airport.
The cruel murder of daylight has released diplomatic shock waves and widespread condemnation of North Korea.
The two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese citizen, are currently being tried in Malaysia, accused of using a nerve agent to kill Kim Jong Nam, who lived in exile in China and was seen as a possible rival against his younger half. brother.
The two women say they were recruited to take part in what they thought were TV shows with a vicious voice, but instead they were misled to become unintentional hired killers in an extensive plot of a group of North Korean agents who then fled the country.
On Tuesday, Washington announced that it had formally concluded that VX – an extremely powerful nerve agent – was being used to commit the murder and that North Korea was the culprit.
The North Korean government used the chemical war agent VX to kill Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur Airport, “spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“This public expression of contempt for universal standards against the use of chemical weapons further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underlines that we can not afford to tolerate a North Korean mass destruction program of any kind , “she added.
The statement did not provide any details or evidence about how the US had reached a conclusion.
– New sanctions – The find led to a new layer of economic sanctions against Pyongyang, just as South Korea reported that the regime is ready to end the nuclear impasse.
Under US law, a ban on chemical and biological weapons is imposed on a country or leader, but North Korea already has severe US and UN sanctions and Tuesday’s decision will have little effect.
The older half-brother of Kim Jong Un was once seen as the natural heir of their father Kim Jong Il, and some reports had suggested that China would take care of him to replace the younger man in the event of a crisis.
The ongoing lawsuit in Malaysia heard testimonies that Kim Jong Nam feared for his life months before his death.
He spent much of his time in Macau’s Chinese gambling center and it is not clear why he left the relative security of China’s protection to travel to Malaysia if he thought his life was in danger.
The State Department’s conclusions about the use of VX nerve agents come as an anti-terror police in Britain to investigate a potential poisoning of a former Russian spy in the sleepy town of Salisbury.
Sergei Skripal, a former settler of military intelligence services convicted in Russia for espionage for Great Britain and later released into a spy swap, was found unconscious on a bank in the English town next to his daughter. Both are in critical condition.
The case immediately drew comparisons with Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-spy who died of radioactive polonium poisoning in London in 2006. A British investigation determined in 2016 that Putin probably ‘approved’ the murder.