Video of Kim Jong Nam's son emerges; family relocated to safety

Victory Day parade in Pyongyang. Flickr  Creative Commons  Stefan Krasowski

Victory Day parade in Pyongyang. Flickr Creative Commons Stefan Krasowski

After Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, was assassinated in Malaysia on February 13, it might be the chance of his son, Kim Han-sol, to get assassinated, Japanese news reports quoted a former high-level North Korean diplomat as saying Thursday.

"The man is indeed Kim Han-Sol", a spokesman for the National Intelligence Service told AFP.

Malaysian officials say Kim Jong Nam died after two women rubbed a deadly poison, VX nerve agent, on his face at the Kuala Lumpur airport.

It is not clear who is behind the group, which says it can help high-level North Koreans escape the isolated country and hides its digital footprint. South Korea's Unification Ministry has not confirmed the identity of the man in the video.

Mr Kim is now believed to be living overseas under the protection of a foreign government along with his mother, Ms Ri Hye Kyong, and sister Sol Hui. "We are very grateful to.", he said, before the audio went mute.

That would nullify North Korea's claims that Malaysia has to release the body to Pyongyang since the deceased is a North Korean citizen.

He added that Jong-nam's popularity in the foreign media increased the chances of North Koreans becoming aware of his existence, thereby "burdening Kim Jong-un".

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A 2012 interview with the son by Finnish television can be found on YouTube.

The short clip ends as the guy wished: "We hope this gets better soon". According to an accompanying statement by Cheollima Civil Defense, they were aided by the governments of the Netherlands, the US, and South Korea.

Speaking in English, he began the recording by saying, "My name is Kim Han-sol from North Korea, part of the Kim family".

Han Sol has gained a place at a college of Oxford University, but reports say he has not yet enrolled on a course there.

The video was also posted on the Cheollima Civil Defence website, along with a statement saying the group was protecting Kim Jong-nam's family.

"I think that Kim may have chosen Europe for asylum-seeking, as its relationship with North Korea is relatively not bad, compared with South Korea, the US or Japan", he said.

Kim Jong-nam was passed over for the North Korean leadership and his life since the early 2000s had been spent in exile. Malaysian police points both were recruited by North Korean suspects. The organization's focus is on rescuing North Korean defectors and refugees.

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