On February 13, 2017, Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was attacked by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, while on his way to board a plane heading for Macau. However, his assassination has been rather shocking and controversial in the eyes of the world due to the manner the operation was executed.
The attack was carried out by two women, one who initiated a conversation with Jong-nam in order to distract him, and a second woman snuck behind him and covered his face with what seemed to be a cloth. Kim Jong-nam then went looking for airport security, telling officials what had just occurred and that he was feeling dizzy. He mysteriously died just twenty minutes later on his way to the hospital.
A couple of days later, Malaysian authorities stated that his autopsy revealed signs that he was killed utilizing a VX nerve agent. The Indonesian suspect, 25-year-old Aisyah, told the Indonesian deputy ambassador to Malaysia that she believed she was taking part in a prank when she rubbed the substance on Kim’s face. She said she believed it was baby oil. VX, which is considered a weapon of mass destruction, is banned under the 1993 chemical weapons convention. Nerve agents are the most toxic and fast-acting substances known in chemical warfare and, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), VX is the most potent of all of them.
Three suspects are in custody, including two women from Vietnam and Indonesia who were caught on video smearing a substance on Kim’s face. However, Malaysian authorities are looking for four North Korean suspects, who they “strongly believe” are back in Pyongyang. The North Korean government has claimed that they had no ties in the assassination of their ruler’s half brother.