April 19, 2024

Malaysian police name VX as chemical used in Kim Jong Nam murder

10 milligrams of the highly toxic substance, if it comes into contact with skin, can kill

The Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) said the chemical weapon VX was the toxin used in last week's assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un, in a statement released on Friday morning.

VX, also known by its full name N-2-Diisopropylamino Ethyl Methylphosphonothioate, is a highly toxic substance which is odorless and tasteless. 10 milligrams is said to be sufficient for it to be fatal through skin contact.

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.