According to the Associated Press, a North Korean envoy rejected the results of a Malaysian autopsy showing that Kim Jong Nam was killed by the nerve agent VX. The victim, the half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, may simply have died of a heart attack, the envoy stated. This would be a remarkable coincidence, given that while Jong Nam was waiting for a flight at Kuala Lumpur’s airport, two women darted out from different directions and inexplicably rubbed what appeared to be small rags across his face. Jong Nam was dead within minutes. The women both say they were tricked into believing they were just playing a harmless prank.
Also contradicting the Hermit Kingdom’s claim is the fact that it pressured Malaysia not to perform an autopsy at all. VX is a banned chemical agent that can only be produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory.
In a related development, North Korea’s government now says that recent reports that the Dear Leader ordered the assassination of five officials by anti-aircraft gunfire are erroneous, as well. In a carefully worded statement released yesterday, a government spokesman said that two of the men died of “natural causes,” one from “Irritable Bowl Syndrome,” another from “Dutch Elm Disease,” and a third from “Scabies.”