The Royal Malaysia Police released a press statement confirming North Korean dictator’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was poisoned with world’s deadliest chemical weapon VX and killed.
What is VX
The United Nations has classified VX as the most deadliest man-made chemical weapon in the world. It is most toxic and quick-acting. It is similar to pesticides in functions but more lethal, writes Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). It is in form of liquid and odorless as well as tasteless. It is amber in color and evaporates very slowly.
Where VX is Found
VX was first produced in the 1980s by a British researcher who was experimenting on pesticides. International treaty Chemical Weapons Convention has banned it. North Korea has never signed the treaty and for long has been known developing a complex chemical weapons program, which has worried neighbor South Korea and International community as well.
Symptoms of VX
Victim exposed to VX chemical experience blurred vision, confusion, cough, diarrhea, drooling, drowsiness, eye pain, excessive sweating, headache, increased urination, nausea, rapid breathing, runny nose, vomiting, watery eyes and weakness. In severe cases, or if exposed with a large dose, the person may experience convulsions, paralysis, loss of consciousness or respiratory failure. In many cases it leads to death immediately.