Members of Malaysia’s hazmat team prepare to conduct a decontamination operation last month at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, after it was determined that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed at the airport with the lethal VX nerve agent. Photo: EPA

With Kim Jong-nam’s killing, North Korea shows the world its deadly arsenal includes more than nuclear weapons

Donald Kirk says any future talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons must have chemical weapons on the agenda, in the wake of Kim Jong-nam’s assassination

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Members of Malaysia’s hazmat team prepare to conduct a decontamination operation last month at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, after it was determined that Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed at the airport with the lethal VX nerve agent. Photo: EPA
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.