image_pdfimage_print North Koreans have been named as suspects, but the North has denied its involvement. Rubin also noted that China’s suspension of coal imports from North Korea left Pyongyang without one of its biggest sources of hard currency while al-Qaida and other terrorist groups have worked hard to obtain weapons of mass destruction. Rubin said that though the North is the first foreign policy test the administration of President Donald Trump, there are no indications that Trump and his team understand the seriousness of the situation.

WASHINGTON: The use of the nerve agent VX in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader, raises the dangerous specter of a cash-strapped Pyongyang ultimately selling such a chemical weapon to terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, a former senior diplomat warned Wednesday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

The use of VX added to mounting evidence that North Korea was behind Kim’s killing in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 13, the news agency reported.

VX is a chemical agent listed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations and its use is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which the North is not a signatory.

“It was precisely this kind of frightening marriage of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that the Bush administration considered a key justification for the war in Iraq. It would be reasonable to expect President Donald Trump and his team to be working overtime to prevent such a possibility. This is no partisan matter,” he said. read more at