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Kim Jong Nam had antidote to VX nerve agent on him at time of murder. Abdullah said K. Sharmilah, a government toxicologist, told the court Wednesday she examined the drug along with several other samples provided by police. Atropine provides "primary protection against exposure to chemical nerve agents and insecticide poisoning," according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). "If you know someone is coming after you with a nerve agent, atropine is a key drug you would want to carry," said Nial Wheate, a senior lecturer in pharmaceutics at the University of Sydney.

In addition to the antidote, Kim was also carrying $125,000 in cash at the time of his death, a police officer previously testified in court. Abdullah said the court heard Kim was carrying atropine in tablet form, but Bernama reported he had "glass vials" of the drug. Poisoned Kim was allegedly poisoned with VX while on his way back to his home in the Chinese territory of Macau. North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in the assassination of Kim. The antidote. Doctor: Kim Jong Nam’s underwear soiled, pupils contracted. A gruesome North Korean murder plot: Trial sheds new light on assassination of Kim Jong Un’s brother. Video of fatal attack on Kim Jong Nam shown at women's trial.

Witnesses recount N. Korean leader’s brother’s last moments. Kim Jong Nam murder trial begins in Malaysia Two women are standing trial for the death of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. Kim Jong Nam was poisoned and killed at a Malaysian airport on Feb. 13. Two women are standing trial for the death of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. (Joyce Lee/The Washington Post) Two women are standing trial for the death of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. Kim Jong Nam was poisoned and killed at a Malaysian airport on Feb. 13. By Eileen Ng | AP By Eileen Ng | AP October 2 at 9:41 AM SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — Witnesses recounted the last moments of the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader as the trial began Monday in Malaysia of two women accused of assassinating him by smearing an exotic poison on his face.

[For Kim Jong Nam, a sad ending to a lonely life] Monday’s court session was primarily a reconstruction of Kim Jong Nam’s final moments at the airport. world asia_pacific. The message behind the murder: North Korea’s assassination sheds light on chemical weapons arsenal. In a case with a thousand plot twists, there has been but one constant in the murder investigation of Kim Jong Nam: Nothing is ever what it seems. The victim himself — the playboy half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — was traveling under false papers when he died and had to be identified using DNA. The two women accused of killing him turned out to be hired dupes, paid a few dollars to perform what they thought was a reality-TV stunt. Stranger still was the murder weapon, liquid VX, a toxin so powerful that a few drops rubbed onto the skin killed the victim in minutes, yet it failed to harm the two women who applied the poison with their bare hands. Even more mysterious: why North Korea would go to extravagant lengths to use a battlefield-grade chemical weapon on foreign soil, only to work equally hard to cover its tracks.

What is the VX nerve agent? (The Washington Post) [Kim Jong Un’s rockets are getting an important boost — from China] Walking into a trap Pyongyang’s stockpile. Kim Jong-nam death: Mystery video of son emerges. Kim’s Killer Chemicals, Spread Far and Wide, Could Target the U.S. North Korea’s chemical weapons are the WMD of choice for some of the world’s most horrible regimes. North Korea used a weapon of mass destruction, VX nerve agent, to murder one man in Malaysia last month, settling an old family feud.

But that is not the only time the regime in Pyongyang has been linked to the use of deadly chemicals. In Syria in 2013 the Assad regime, reportedly with the assistance of the North Korean military, used the chemical weapon sarin and possibly VX as well to kill people in far greater numbers. More than 1,400 people died, of whom more than 400 were children. And if there is another war on the Korean Peninsula, hundreds of thousands will be killed by chemical agents in the Kim family’s arsenal. Pyongyang claims it does not possess such weapons. The North, however, has not signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, so there is no verification.

The assassination of this Kim family member is almost certainly not the North’s only murder using a chemical. Thank You! Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia and N Korea in tit-for-tat exit bans. Image copyright Getty Images North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. The extraordinary tit-for-tat actions come amid North Korean fury at Malaysia's ongoing investigation into his death at a Kuala Lumpur airport. The North Korean leader's half-brother was killed with a potent nerve agent. Malaysia has not directly blamed the North for this, but there is widespread suspicion Pyongyang was responsible. North Korea has fiercely denied any accusations of culpability and the row over the killing - and who has the right to claim Mr Kim's body - has rapidly escalated over the past two weeks. Both Malaysia and North Korea have already expelled each other's ambassadors. What was North Korea's announcement?

Image copyright AP It said this was to ensure the safety of it citizens and diplomats in Malaysia. Malaysians in North Korea would be able to carry on their lives as normal, it added. Furiously. VX Nerve Agent: The Deadly Weapon Engineered in Secret - The Crux. A World War II-era contamination suit. (Credit: Shutterstock) In January 1958, two medical officers at Porton Down, Britain’s military science facility, exposed their forearms to 50-microgram droplets of a substance called VX, which was a new, fast-acting nerve agent that could kill by seeping through the skin.

VX, short for “venomous agent X,” is tasteless, odorless and causes uncontrollable muscle contractions that eventually stop a person’s breathing within minutes. That experiment in 1958, according to University of Kent historian Ulf Schmidt, was perhaps the first human test of VX in the Western world. Though VX is outlawed under the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, it was used to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia last week.

Given these recent developments, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this lethal chemical agent has a checkered, infamous past. But VX was trouble from the very start. Dubious Science In the Dark Epilogue. North Korea's Chemical Weapon: Inside Deadly VX Attack - Rolling Stone. International outrage and intrigue are nothing new when it comes to North Korea. This time, however, it's the form of a murder mystery featuring weapons of mass destruction, a dead man related to the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and suspected assassins wearing shirts with internet slang. The death of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was a "very painful" one, according to authorities. The 45-year-old was murdered in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on February 13th, allegedly by a Malaysian and Vietnamese woman who are both being held. The first-born, illegitimate son of the late leader Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-nam was on his way back from Macau, China, when he was attacked while walking through the airport, complaining that after someone grabbed his face from behind, he felt dizzy, one investigator told Reuters.

He died on his way to the hospital, within 20 minutes of leaving the airpot. Kim Jong-nam death: Two women to face murder charges. Image copyright Reuters/AFP Two women implicated in the killing of the estranged brother of North Korea's leader are to be charged with murder on Wednesday, Malaysia's prosecutor says. Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the women - from Indonesia and Vietnam - would be formally charged and could face death if convicted.

The women allegedly smeared a deadly chemical over Kim Jong-nam's face at a Malaysia airport earlier this month. They have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank. "They will be charged in court under Section 302 of the penal code," the attorney general said, which is a murder charge with a mandatory death sentence if found guilty. He said no decision had yet been taken on whether to charge a North Korean man, Ri Jong Chol, who is also being held over the killing. Who in North Korea could organise a VX murder? What is South Korea's take on the killing? Unravelling the mystery of Kim Jong-nam's death Image copyright AP Who are Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah? Log In - New York Times. Log In - New York Times. Log In Don't have an account? Sign up here » Facebook Google or Forgot password? Kim Jong Nam murder suspect thought she was on a prank show.

Suspect Siti Aishah is one of four people arrested in the death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Police believe the victim was sprayed with poison as he waited to board a flight Monday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. Aishah said she was "not aware it was an assassination attempt by alleged foreign agents," Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian told reporters in Aceh Province. Aishah is Indonesian. Four people have been arrested in the killing: the Indonesian woman, a North Korean man, a Malaysian man and another woman carrying Vietnamese identification. The woman said she had sprayed others in a similar manner "three to four times [before]. " However, Karnavian told journalists, in this case, "there was allegedly a dangerous substance in the sprayer. " The woman said "she was given a few dollars for the job," Karnavian said.

Police did not confirm who provided the sprayer to the suspects. Twists and turns. Kim Jong Un's Brother Died Within 20 Minutes Of Poisoning | The Huffington Post.