North Korea used VX nerve agent to kill leader's brother, says US

The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was killed by a chemical assault in Malaysia on the orders of the North Korean authorities, the US has concluded.

Kim Jong-nam died after a weird encounter at Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017, when two ladies smeared his face with VX nerve agent.

The ladies, who say they believed they were carrying out a prank for a TV show, are on trial for homicide.

The US mentioned it will impose new sanctions on North Korea in response.

“This public show of contempt for common norms in opposition to chemical weapons use additional demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we can’t afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any sort,” mentioned State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

The US has persistently accused North Korea of being behind the assault on Kim Jong-nam.

The brand new sanctions, which got here into pressure on 5 March, are largely symbolic, becoming a member of an enormous array of punitive financial measures the US has taken in opposition to North Korea.

The announcement comes a day after a high-level South Korean delegation returned from Pyongyang the place they’d cordial conferences with Mr Kim.

Capitalising on hotter ties after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have organized a landmark assembly for subsequent month.

It might be the primary such assembly for greater than a decade and the primary since Kim Jong-un took energy in North Korea in 2011.

US President Donald Trump has mentioned the developments, together with North Korea’s suggestion that it might discuss getting rid of its nuclear weapons, are constructive” however is perhaps a “false hope”.

In earlier programmes to halt its nuclear ambitions, the North has didn’t hold its guarantees.

Kim Jong-nam was largely estranged from his household and was bypassed for the management in favour of his youthful half-brother, Kim Jong-un. He spent most of his time abroad in Macau, mainland China and Singapore.

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He had spoken out up to now in opposition to his household’s dynastic management of North Korea and in a 2012 e-book was quoted as saying he believed his half-brother lacked management qualities.

He died in February 2017, shortly after Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong accosted him as he checked in for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport.

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