VX ‘WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION’ USED TO KILL JONG-NAM? DON’T BE ABSURD – N. KOREA TELLS MALAYSIA, S.KOREA, U.S.

A Hazmat team conducts checks at KLIA2 airport terminal in Sepang, Malaysia February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SEOUL – North Korea said today the claim that VX nerve agent was used to kill one of its citizens in Malaysia was “absurd” and lacked scientific basis, calling it an assertion made by the United States and South Korea to tarnish the North’s image.

Last week, Malaysian police said VX nerve agent, a chemical classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, was used to kill Kim Jong-nam, estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on February 13.

South Korean and US officials have said they believe North Korean agents killed Kim Jong-nam.

– Reuters

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