Wisma Putra condemns use of VX

NST

KUALA LUMPUR: The Foreign Ministry condemns the use of a chemical weapon which led to the death of a North Korean at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on Feb 13.

In a statement the ministry said it is greately concerned with the use of the toxic chemical, Nerve Agent VX, in the case.

The deceased has been widely reported by the media as Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The weapons is listed in schedule 1 of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction as well as the Chemical Weapons Concention Act 2005 (Malaysia) or CWC.

The ministry said it disapprove 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 added.

Malaysia has fully cooperated with the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and has compiled entirely with all the obligations under the CWC.

The ministry also asserted Malaysia does not produce, stockpile, import, export or use any Schedule 1 toxic chemicals, including VX and has made annual declarations to that effect to the OPCW.

The Malaysian government assured of its full cooperations with the OPCW and other international organisations to bring the perpetrators related to the murder to justice.