S Korean Foreign Minister to Raise Issue of N Korea's Chemical Weapons

Feb 28, 2017, 00:51

Investigators are also seeking seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the case, including a diplomat pleading immunity at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

In 2012 a military officer was reportedly sentenced to death for drinking during the official mourning period for Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, by short-range mortar firing squad.

Subramaniam also said the postmortem, excluding the verification process, was complete and would be handed over to Malaysian police for further investigation.

The decision to present a speech at the conferences comes in the light of the recent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong Nam.

Last Friday, Inspector-general of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the chemical "Ethyl S-2-Diisopropylaminoethyl Methylphonothiolate" or VX nerve agent was used in Jong-nam's murder.

The announcement that VX was used in a crowded airport generated alarm in Malaysia and around the world.

Kim Dong-sik, a North Korean agent who was captured in the 1990s and now works as a researcher of Institute for National Security Strategy, an affiliate of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, explained that the high-profile hit is "different from previous" assassinations, reports the Korea Herald.

A North Korean man in Malaysian custody, Ri Jong Chol, holds a doctorate in chemistry and is one of eight North Koreans whom police have named as suspects in the death of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-sibling, news reports said.

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Kim Jong Nam, who has been living in exile with his family in Macau under Chinese protection, had spoken publicly in the past against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state. He died less than 20 minutes later as he was transported to a hospital.

Erwin said she appeared in good health and did not seem to be suffering any ill-effects from the lethal nerve agent.

North Korea never signed the agreement and according to the Wall Street Journal it's believed to possess several thousand metric tons of chemical weapons.

The use of the nerve agent has escalated a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea, an isolated country under global sanctions. Both women suspected of carrying out the attack insisted they thought they were taking part in a prank video, although Malaysian police have said they knew what they were doing.

"That is why it is a case of terrorism led by the state, directly organized by the ministry of state security and the foreign ministry", Lee said.

A victim exposed to a large dose of VX may also experience convulsions, loss of consciousness, paralysis or respiratory failure possibly leading to death.

He expressed confidence of the department's capability to carry out an analysis of the chemical weapon.

Police previously said the airport had not been decontaminated but that passengers should be confident it was safe.

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