KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police claimed that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, was killed by a highly toxic nerve agent.

Kim was killed last week after two women met him briefly in a check-in hall at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

According to the international media, Malaysian toxicology reports revealed that he was attacked with VX nerve agent, which is considered a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations.

There is strong suspicion that North Korea was behind the attack, which it strongly denies.

It responded fiercely to Malaysia’s insistence on carrying out a post-mortem examination and has accused Malaysia of having “sinister” interests.

Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Friday that the presence of the nerve agent had been found in swabs taken from Kim’s eyes and face.

After the murder,  a South Korean TV Chosun had reported that Kim was killed with ‘poisoned needles’ at the airport by two women, believed to be North Korean operatives.