The lethal attack that was carried out against Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has been confirmed as having used a nerve agent. The attack took place at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, 2017, and Malaysian police state that the autopsy has revealed that Kim Jong Nam died from exposure to VX, a chemical weapon that is especially lethal when absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes, and which is banned under the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Although North Korea is not a signatory to the CWC, it is thought to have the world’s third-largest stocks of chemical weapons, behind the United States and Russia, and is believed to have been pursuing VX production. Hazmat teams have declared the airport terminal safe of VX and any other toxins.
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