Novichok Agent in Russian Attack Is Stronger Than North Korea's VX Gas

On March 4, a former Russian spy named Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with a form of “Novichok,” a class of nerve agents whose variants can be up to eight times deadlier than VX, the potent chemical weapon that killed Kim Jong-un’s half-brother in October. “Novichok” roughly translates to “newcomer” or “n00b,” as the class of nerve agents is relatively new compared to other chemical weapons. Developed by Soviet chemists in the Seventies and Eighties,...

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