Chem­i­cal watch­dog con­demns use of VX nerve agent

New Straits Times - - News -

The world’s chem­i­cal watch­dog on Fri­day con­demned the use of the deadly VX nerve agent in the as­sas­si­na­tion of North Korean leader Kim Jongun’s half-brother last month.

The Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons (OPCW) said its ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil “un­equiv­o­cally con­demned the use of any chem­i­cal weapon by any­one un­der any cir­cum­stances”.

The coun­cil, made up from 40 mem­ber states, called “for those re­spon­si­ble for the use of chem­i­cal weapons to be held ac­count­able”.

It also asked its di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Ah­met Uzumcu, to “pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance upon re­quest from Malaysian au­thor­i­ties for its na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion”.

“The coun­cil un­der­scored its deep in­ter­est in re­ceiv­ing and con­sid­er­ing the of­fi­cial re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion” once com­pleted by Malaysia.

On Fri­day, it was con­firmed that the man as­sas­si­nated at Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Feb 13 was Kim Jong­nam, half-brother of Jong-Un.

Malaysian au­thor­i­ties had ear­lier de­clined to of­fi­cially con­firm the vic­tim’s iden­tity or re­lease his body.

The 45-year-old’s wife and chil­dren, who were liv­ing in ex­ile in the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory of Ma­cau, have since gone into hid­ing over fears that his 21-year-old son, Han-sol, could be seen as a po­ten­tial ri­val by his un­cle, Jong-un, in a coun­try roiled by bloody purges.

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