Malaysia strongly condemns use of VX nerve agent in Kim Jong Nam's killing: Foreign ministry

Malaysia's foreign ministry condemned the use of the toxic nerve agent VX to kill Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur International airport in February.
Malaysia's foreign ministry condemned the use of the toxic nerve agent VX to kill Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur International airport in February.PHOTO: US ARMY

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysia's foreign ministry said on Friday (March 3) it strongly condemned the use of the toxic nerve agent VX, which authorities said was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Kuala Lumpur International airport last month.

Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Feb 13 at the airport's budget terminal with the VX nerve agent, a chemical classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

"The Ministry strongly condemns the use of such a chemical weapon by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances. Its use at a public place could have endangered the general public," it said in a statement.

Malaysia “does not produce, stockpile, import, export or use any” toxic weapons listed in the convention concerning prohibition of the chemical weapons.

The foreign ministry was in close contact with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) regarding the incident, the statement said.