March 7, 2018 / 12:26 AM / 15 days ago

U.S. imposes sanctions on Pyongyang over slaying of North Korean leader's half-brother

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - The United States has decided Pyongyang used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia in 2017 and has imposed additional sanctions on the country, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the U.S. government made the determination on Feb. 22 under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991. Additional sanctions on Pyongyang went into effect on March 5 after the finding was formally published, she said.

Kim’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was killed at the airport in Kuala Lumpur when two women smeared his face with the banned chemical weapons agent VX. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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