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The Kuala Lumpur airport terminal, where Kim Jong-nam was killed with VX nerve agent, has been declared free of any “hazardous material” by Malaysian police.

Security teams in protective suits had earlier swept the area.

According to Malaysia’s health minister, an autopsy suggested VX used to kill Kim Jong-nam caused “very serious paralysis”.

Tests show the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was killed with VX.

An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgit ($90) to carry out a prank.

Siti Aisyah, 25, told Indonesian embassy officials that she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam’s face with “baby oil” as part of a reality show joke.

VX is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN. A drop on the skin can kill in minutes.

Kim Jong-nam died on February 13 after two women accosted him briefly in a check-in hall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s low-cost carrier terminal, known as KLIA2.

Health Minister S Subramaniam said the discovery that the VX toxin was used confirmed the hospital’s autopsy result, which suggested that a “chemical agent caused very serious paralysis”, leading to death “in a very short period of time”.

Kuala Lumpur airport has been swept for toxic chemicals by various specialized police teams, forensic experts, the fire department’s hazardous materials unit and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board.

“As a result of this screening process done we confirm: number one, there is no hazardous material found in KLIA2. Number two, KLIA2 is free from any form of contamination of hazardous material. And thirdly, is KLIA2 is declared a safe zone,” said Abdul Samah Mat, the police official heading the investigation.

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

A Vietnamese woman and a North Korean man have also been arrested in connection with the killing.

The Vietnamese foreign ministry confirmed that the Vietnamese national being held was 28-year-old Doan Thi Huong, saying she had told officials she thought she was taking part in a television prank.

At least seven other suspects are wanted for questioning by police, including Hyon Kwang Song, 44, second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The officials said they did not see any physical signs that the suspect had been affected by the chemical.

Malaysian police say the attackers had been trained to immediately wash their hands after the attack.

Some experts have suggested that they might have each smeared two different non-lethal elements of VX, which became deadly when mixed on Kim Jong-nam’s face.

Australian senator Nick Xenophon on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a “security risk”.

Nick Xenophon was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday morning and will be deported back to Australia, correspondents say.

He was part of an Australian delegation scheduled to meet Malaysian officials to discuss forthcoming elections.

Nick Xenophon has been an outspoken critic of human rights in Malaysia.

The independent senator from South Australia was taken into custody at Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday morning and detained apparently under Malaysia’s national security laws.

Immigration officials were polite but acting under orders “from above”, Nick Xenophon told reporters.

“I was told I am a security risk and I can’t be allowed into the country. It’s bizarre and extraordinary,” the senator said.

“I’ve been here before [and] I’ve made statements about the state of Malaysian democracy previously. But on this occasion clearly someone high up in the Malaysian government doesn’t want me here.”

Authorities advised Nick Xenophon he would deported on the next available flight to Australia.

“They have basically told me I am an enemy of the state. They are trying to get me on the next plane out of here and back home,” he told the Australian Sunday Mail newspaper by phone.

Australian senator Nick Xenophon on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a security risk

Australian senator Nick Xenophon on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a security risk

Nick Xenophon had flown to Malaysia as part of an Australian parliamentary fact-finding mission to assess whether forthcoming elections would be free and fair.

The delegation was scheduled to hold talks with several Malaysian parties, including opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and officials from the election commission.

A regular visitor to the country, Nick Xenophon last year observed the trial of Anwar Ibrahim, who was acquitted on sodomy charges.

Nick Xenophon was also caught up in anti-government protests and reportedly tear-gassed by riot police at a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur demanding democratic reforms in April last year.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said his government was seeking Nick Xenophon’s immediate release and had raised the issue with the Malaysian government.

“Senator Xenophon’s detention is a surprising and disappointing act from a country with which Australia routinely maintains strong diplomatic relations,” Bob Carr said.

“Our High Commissioner Miles Kupa has now made direct contact with Senator Xenophon at the airport and is seeking his release.”

Other members of the Australian delegation have now pulled out.

Malaysian authorities have not commented on the senator’s arrest.

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