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Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam are charged in the February 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam using banned VX nerve agent at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The pathologist, Nur Ashikin Othman, said Kim had a level of 344 units per litre, far below the usual level for men.

Top CIA officials said Wednesday that Kim's actions are not those of a maniacal provocateur but a "rational actor" who is motivated by clear, long-term goals that revolve around ensuring regime survival, CNN reports.

Nik said he injected Kim with atropine, a standard procedure to boost slow heart rates, and said he did not know at the time that it is also a treatment for counteracting VX and other nerve agents.

VX was detected on swabs of the eye mucosa, face and blood, and traces of VX were also found on the deceased's T-shirt and blazer and his bag.

Ri did not feature on the Interpol red notice issued in March which detailed four male North Korean suspects linked to the murder of Kim - all are believed to have left Malaysia after the attack was carried out and have been named as Ri Jae Nam, O Jong Gil, Hong Song Hak and Ri Ji Hyon.

During cross-examination on the third day of trial, Dr Shah said the deceased was identified as Kim Chol based on North Korean passport that he held.

Putin has repeatedly said sanctions against the communist state are "useless" and will not deter it from developing nuclear weapons.

Gooi Soon Seng, defense lawyer for Aisyah, told the court Mohamad Shah's conclusion that Kim died of acute VX poisoning was biased and prejudicial to the accused because the autopsy findings and clinical symptoms merely showed chemical poisoning.

"A drop of VX takes about six days to evaporate".

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Baru later joined Muslim faithful, including Buhari for the Juma'at service in a mosque inside the Presidential Villa. The meeting with Buhari is coming three days after a memo from the Minister to the president leaked to the press.

Rabiatul said that before Kim had a seizure, she used facial tissue to wipe liquid off his face, but he appeared to still be sweating.

The doctor also described how he tried to insert a tube into the trachea but encountered a mixture of saliva, blood and vomit in Kim Jong Nam's mouth which had a "difficult' smell, adding that he had to perform suction before carrying out intubation".

To which Kim responded: "Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason".

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North Korea has a history of ordering killings of people it views as threats to its regime and its chemical weapons arsenal is believed to include VX.

The trial is being closely watched by the Indonesian and Vietnamese governments, which hired the defence lawyers for both women.

A Central Intelligence Agency officer said Kim Jong Un is a "rational actor" and not a madman as described by President Donald Trump, according to comments made on Wednesday at George Washington University, Agence France-Presse reported.

"There's a clarity of objective in what Kim Jong Un has done", according to Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, who discussed the escalating tensions between North Korea and the U.S. during a conference organized by the agency at George Washington University.

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