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VX assassination marks ‘new type of terror’ : Former N. Korean spy

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전직 남파간첩 “北 ‘VX 암살’은 새 유형…수십회 예행연습”
It’s been two weeks since the news of Kim Jong-nam’s death broke, and with police investigations, arrests and autopsy results being released, a clearer picture is coming out of how the attack was carried out.
But with the new details, an experts says the apparent assassination has set a new precedent.
Kwon Jang-ho has this report.
A whole new type of terror — that’s how a former North Korea spy has described the regime’s use of VX, the most powerful chemical agent in the world.
Speaking at a seminar in Seoul on Monday, Kim Dong-sik [ ], who defected to the South in 1995, said the manner in which Kim Jong-nam was killed is something he had never seen before.

The half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13th, when two women approached him from behind and smothered the toxic agent on his face.
The two suspects, one Indonesian and one Vietnamese, have claimed they were not aware who the victim was and that they thought they were taking part in a reality TV show prank.
The suspects are thought to have been directed by four North Korean men, who are believed to have returned to Pyongyang.

Kim Dong-sik, the former spy, pointed out that there is a precedent in 2011 when a North Korean agent bribed one defector to poison another… but the use of unsuspecting and unconnected intermediaries such as the two women is new.

The use of VX poison has also shocked the international community.
Ten times more powerful than sarin, it’s been listed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations and banned under the international Chemical Weapons Convention Act.
Its use has prompted the U.S. to consider putting North Korea back on its terror sponsor watch list.

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“This kind of assassination, which has been conducted in a foreign country, not even within North Korea, I think it could be regarded and considered and perceived as a terrorist attack.”

The incident sheds further light on the size of North Korea’s military arsenal, with some reports saying that the regime could have a stockpile of 5-thousand tons of chemical weapons.

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“I think most of the attention of the intentional community so far has been focused and put on the long range missile development of North Korea…But now after they found that the gas used…it makes the international community wary of another kind of weapons system…”

Despite the strongest-ever sanctions that were placed on the regime last year, this attack serves as another reminder of the North Korea’s continuing threat and unpredictable nature.
Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang News.

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    Harrell Guy Graham
    March 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    You eat VX-like chemicals every day . VX is an organophosphate poison in the same class as the ones used all over the world as insecticides. You eat these every day in the many foods that contain them, including fruits and vegetables. The low doses you eat everyday have chronic, long-term effects, since they are not as concentrated as VX. Chronic, long-term effects include such things as learning and mood disorders, auto-immune disorders, neurologic and psychiatric disorders, autism, birth defects.

    A 'nerve agent'…sounds so James Bond. But it's really just one of many which all of us are routinely exposed to.

    “Commonly used organophosphates have included parathion, malathion, methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, dichlorvos, phosmet, fenitrothion, tetrachlorvinphos, azamethiphos, and azinphos-methyl. Malathion is widely used in agriculture, residential landscaping, public recreation areas, and in public health pest control programs such as mosquito eradication. In the US, it is the most commonly used organophosphate insecticide. Forty organophosphate pesticides are registered in the U.S., with at least 73 million pounds used in agricultural and residential settings” (Wikipedia)

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    Chamjisky Khan
    March 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Thumbs up for North Korea for carrying the assassination with 200$ using foreigners who will be released.

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    Lowell Ford
    March 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    VX is a weapon of mass-distruction. N. Korea just used WMDs on a foreign land-attack. Who will he go after next in this manner?

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    Ezra
    March 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    so was the airport closed for about 2 weeks while they made sure it was clear of the VX?

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