US News North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un's Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill 'Tens of Thousands' in Chemical War: Pentagon Report

08:50  06 november  2017
08:50  06 november  2017 Source:   Newsweek

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The nerve agent called VX that Malaysia says killed Kim Jong Un ' s half- brother is an extremely deadly chemical weapon. Its presence would suggest North Korea was behind the fatal poisoning.

VX was used by two alleged North Korean assassins to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ' s half brother in a Malaysian airport in February. Don't miss: North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un ' s Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill ' Tens of Thousands ' in Chemical

  North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un's Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill 'Tens of Thousands' in Chemical War: Pentagon Report © KNS / KCNA / AFP North Korea is prepared to use its stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons if war broke out with the U.S. and its allies, according to a letter Pentagon chiefs sent to lawmakers.

The letter, written by Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, the vice director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, details how a conflict between North Korea and the U.S. could play out.

Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the "'best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'" should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the U.S. would have of a North Korean attack.

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Kim Jong -nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong - un ’ s half brother , was assassinated last week by a nerve agent called VX, according to the Malaysian police as reported by the Washington Post.

As Malaysian toxicologists reveal that the banned nerve agent VX was used in the airport assassination of Kim Jong -Nam. Code-named by the US scientists who mass produced it, VX is an organophosphate compound and one of the deadliest chemical agents ever manufactured.

Addressed to Democrat Congressmen Ted Lieu and Ruben Gallego, the letter lays out the stark potential consequences of conflict with the rogue state, and says that North Korea could resort to using its stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.

The letter also said that Pentagon leaders “assess that North Korea may consider the use of biological weapons” and that the country “has a long-standing chemical weapons program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood and choking agents.”

It offers lawmakers a classified briefing on plans the U.S. has in place to counter a chemical weapons attack from North Korea.

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created.

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Female assassin murdered Kim Jong - un ' s outcast brother with world's deadliest poison that needs just a drop to kill – as it's revealed North Korean dictator has stockpiled 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons.

  North Korea Assassins Bumped Off Kim Jong Un's Brother With Deadly Nerve Agent That Could Kill 'Tens of Thousands' in Chemical War: Pentagon Report © TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP VX was used by two alleged North Korean assassins to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in a Malaysian airport in February.

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, former commanding officer of the U.K. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment (CBRN) and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion, has warned that tens of thousands could be killed in the event of a North Korean VX attack.

"I think we now know that they have 5,000 tons of VX," de Bretton-Gordon said, speaking to NBC News in September. "We know they have missiles capable of firing 4,000 to 6,000 miles, probably with a payload of half a ton, so half a ton of VX in those missiles could kill tens of thousands of people, and they could do that now, so that is a genuine concern."

In a June article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the military historian Reid Kirby said the types of artillery along the demilitarized zone, and vulnerability of children and the elderly, meant that a North Korean attack using the nerve agent Sarin could kill as many as 2.5 million people in Seoul and injure millions more.

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The kind of nerve gas wiped on the face of Kim Jong Nam, the half- brother North Korean despot Kim Jong Un , is so dangerous that even a single drop can kill . So then why are the two women accused of assassinating the older Kim still alive?

a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: <span style=This undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS on March 7, 2017 shows the launch of four ballistic missiles by the Korean People's Army (KPA) during a military drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea." src="/upload/images/real/2017/11/06/a-train-on-a-track-with-smoke-coming-out-of-it-span-style-font-size-13px-this-undated-picture-releas_867004_.jpg" /> © Provided by IBT Media (UK) This undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS on March 7, 2017 shows the launch of four ballistic missiles by the Korean People's Army (KPA) during a military drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea is not a signatory of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, outlawing chemical weapons. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned in April that North Korea could target Japan with a missile loaded with Sarin, a highly toxic nerve agent.

The letter affirms the Pentagon’s backing for the sanctions regime imposed on North Korea and diplomatic pressure, and  "change in the offensive posture of North Korea's forces."

"We remain postured to respond in the event of a provocation or conflict, and we have taken all appropriate measures to protect our allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, and U.S. Forces in those countries," the letter reads.

The letter was a response to a request to Defense Secretary James Mattis from Lieu and Gallego, in which they requested estimated Pentagon casualty figures from a war with North Korea.

President Donald Trump arrived in Japan Saturday for his first trip to Asia as U.S. president, with North Korea likely to be among the major topics under discussion.

As part of the 12-day trip, Trump will also visit South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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