Pyongyang, March 1 (KCNA) -- It is half a month since Kim Chol, a citizen of the DPRK bearing a diplomatic passport, died in Malaysia on Feb. 13.
The cause of his death has not yet been clearly identified but the
U.S. and the south Korean authorities are groundlessly blaming the DPRK,
asserting that he was intoxicated by highly poisonous VX nerve
The absurdity of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities'
assertion and lack of its scientific accuracy and logical coherence are
proven even by comments made by experts and media of other countries.
It is view of chemists of many countries that even a drop of VX may
claim deaths of tens or hundreds of people and it has strong
permeability and stability as its properties. They asserted a claim that
the woman suspect was safe because she washed her hands at a washroom
does not correspond with the chemical property of VX. They added that
even if the persons suspected of murder had been injected with atropine,
basic antidote of VX, they might have fallen into shock and that even
if they had worn gloves, this fatal substance would have been extremely
dangerous. It is, therefore, the height of absurdity to claim that the
person who applied VX, a substance fatal to the life even in case of
inhalation of a tiny amount of it or its touch of skin, was left
unaffected and the person to whom it was applied met a death, they
World media query that if component of VX was allegedly detected
from Kim Chol's eyes and lips, the ambulance that carried him and police
who guarded him must have all been intoxicated and if so, the airport
should have been closed but it is still in operation.
Experts on international law and analysts said that under a
regulation of the international organization on ban on chemical weapons,
a final conclusion on the results of analysis of chemical weapons can
be drawn only on the basis of the identical results of analysis made by
at least two specialized laboratories, stressing that the recent case
should have been reported to the organization and the relevant sample
should have been analyzed at a lab designated by the organization. They
further contended that if the use of VX were true, it would be necessary
to probe where the substance was from, who made it and who handed it.
Drawing any conclusion about VX without any concrete study would be
unscientific and if some countries try to use it for other political
purposes, the consequences will be beyond imagination, they warned.
Some media suspect that in view of the fact that the women arrested
as suspected murderers had visited south Korea several times in the
past, it is highly possible that the south Korean authorities let them
carry the said substance. This is by no means fortuitous.
Almost all countries have scrapped chemical weapons under the
convention on ban on chemical weapons but only the U.S. and some other
countries still possess the said substance. What is all the more
problematic is the fact that the U.S. is introducing into south Korea
all kinds of chemical weapons.
This being a hard fact, the U.S. and the south Korean authorities
are kicking up an anti-DPRK smear campaign, groundlessly pulling it up.
From the beginning the south Korean authorities spread rumor that
the "death of Kim Chol was intoxication by two women secret agents sent
by General Reconnaissance Bureau of north Korea" and "their dead bodies
will appear", causing confusion and driving a wedge between the DPRK and
Lately they tried to use Kim Chol's death for their stepped-up
racket of "human rights" against the DPRK and floated the story about
"use of chemical weapons" or "use of WMD" by someone in a bid to create
atmosphere of "international criticism" of the DPRK.
The reckless moves of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities are
aimed to meet the dangerous political purpose to tarnish the image of
the dignified DPRK and bring down the social system in it. This is clear
The danger and gravity of the problem lie in that the story about
"use of chemical weapons" touted by the U.S. and the south Korean
authorities has something in common with the story of "Iraq's possession
of weapons of mass destruction" spread by the U.S. in the 1990s.
It is the final aim sought by the U.S. to stir up international
repugnancy towards the DPRK, lay an international siege for putting
pressure on it and provoke a nuclear war against the DPRK at any cost.
The U.S., however, is mistaken.
Should the U.S. and the south Korean authorities keep resorting to
political chicanery to bring down the social system in the DPRK, being
lost to reasons, the DPRK will be compelled to take stronger measures
for self-defence in order to protect the sovereignty and dignity of the
The U.S. and its vassal forces should not run amuck, clearly
understanding the strategic position of the DPRK as a nuclear power. -0