North Korea is responsible for the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of dictator Kim Jung-un. That is the conclusion of the US Department of State.

According to the US, the North Korean regime has committed the murder and used the highly toxic nerve gas VX. Jong-nam was murdered on 13 February at Kuala Lumpur Airport. The suspicion has long been that North Korea is behind the murder.

Two women would have lubricated the nerve gas in the face of Kim’s half-brother. They say they are innocent themselves. They would have been under the impression that they were cooperating in a joke for a reality TV show. The two women can receive the death penalty if they are convicted.

The United States is imposing new sanctions on North Korea for the use of the prohibited nerve gas. “This public display of contempt for universal standards against the use of chemical weapons shows us the true nature of North Korea, and stresses once again that we can not tolerate any North Korea weapons of mass destruction program,” said Heather Nauert spokesman the US Department of State.

The new sanctions have already started on 5 March. They are especially symbolic and are in line with the wide range of economic punishment measures that the US has already taken against Pyongyang.