On February 13th, 2017, Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was killed in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
His death occurred in the airport terminal, moments after two women confronted him. Malaysian police said that one of the women wiped Kim’s face with some sort of substance. He became dizzy and was sent to the hospital, but died on the way there.
On Friday, February 24th, toxicology reports were released. It was confirmed that Kim was killed with a VX nerve agent, a toxic chemical weapon that is illegal all over the world.
Malaysian police said the women were ordered to kill Kim, but North Korea denies the entire incident, saying that if the women had handled the VX, they would also be dead.
VX is the most potent of all chemical weapons. It can be used as a spray or to contaminate food and drink. Once inhaled or ingested, one can die within minutes. It was banned internationally by the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.