Kim Jong-Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un assassinated in 2017, May 4, 2001 at Tokyo Narita Airport
The United States has determined that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was murdered by the regime with the agent VX, a neurotoxic substance, said Tuesday the spokesman of the State Department in a communicated.
This conclusion triggered Washington’s immediate application of new economic sanctions against North Korea, the very day that South Korea indicated that Pyongyang was willing to discuss the issue of denuclearization with Washington.
„The United States strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons to commit an assassination,“ said Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for US diplomacy, referring to Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un’s disgraced half-brother.
Kim Jong Nam was murdered in broad daylight on February 13, 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia.
While waiting for a plane to Macau, he was approached by two women who projected a substance in his face, according to surveillance cameras. He died shortly after being transferred to the hospital.
Traces of VX, a neurotoxic agent classified as a weapon of mass destruction, had been found on his face and in his eyes during forensic examinations.
Washington „determined“ on February 22, 2018 that this substance was used „by the North Korean government“ to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, said Nauert Tuesday.
„This public demonstration of contempt for universal standards against the use of chemical weapons is further evidence of the dangerous nature of North Korea and stresses that we can not afford to tolerate a weapons program. North Korean mass destruction, whatever it is, „she said.
US law stipulates that when a country, or a leader, violates the US ban on the use of chemical or biological weapons, it stops imports of its products.
North Korea is already hit by very strict sanctions from the United States and the United Nations, so Tuesday’s decision should have very little impact.