The mysterious death of Kim Jong-nam continues to deepen after his son appeared on a YouTube video last Tuesday. Kim Jong-nam is the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. The young man claims that he is Jong-nam’s son, Kim Hansol. In the video, the man indicated that his family is safe and went into hiding after his father’s murder last month.
Officials confirmed that the man from the video is the son of Jong-nam. The head of the Citizen’s Coalition for the Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees in Seoul, Do Hee-youn, verified the identity of the man in the video. Hee-youn had been monitoring the whereabouts of Kim for years.
Son of the slain Kim Jong-nam appears on a YouTube video
In the 40-second video, the young man stated, “My father has been killed a few days ago.” Han-sol lives with his mother and sister. Han-sol held up a passport to prove his identity. However, the passport was censored in order to protect some of the information of the passport. He expressed his family’s gratefulness but when he was about to say the name, his mouth was censored and the audio was cut off. In the end, the audio came back and the censored on his mouth was removed. Before signing off, he stated,“We hope this gets better soon.”
A spokesman for the South Unification Ministry, Jeong Joon-hee, stated that the government is still identifying the man’s identity. However, it is clear to them that the man closely resembles Kim Han-sol.
Kim Jong-nam death at the Malaysian airport
The emergence of the video is an intriguing twist to the mystery of Kim Jong-nam’s death on February 13. Jong-nam died at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In response, the Malaysian police arrested two women. The authorities believe that the women smeared Kim’s face with the nerve agent VX. The VX is an extremely toxic chemical which is mainly used for chemical warfare. The nerve agent severely disrupts the body’s nervous system. It can be fatal through skin contact and with enough dose, it will be lethal. The Malaysian authorities stated that North Korean suspects might have recruited the women.
North Korea denied any involvement on Jong-nam’s death. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to United Nations, Ri Tong II, stated that Jong-nam, “probably died of a heart attack because he suffered from heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.”
North Korea vs Malaysia
After learning that Malaysia suspected the North of Jong-nam’s assassination, the regime barred all Malaysians from leaving the communist country. North Korea accused Malaysia of conspiring with the North’s enemy to blame the regime for Jong-nam’s death. Reports speculated the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, ordered the killing due to his fear that China will instate Jong-nam as the leader, should his regime implode.
They will only release the Malaysians residing in the North after they reached a ‘fair’ settlement. The Malaysians in the North are mostly diplomats. Malaysia retaliated by preventing North Koreans from leaving the country until the safety of the Malaysians in the North will be assured.
The family of Kim Jong-nam is hiding in fear for their lives
South Korean intelligence officials stated that Jong-nam’s family lived in Macau under Chinese government protection. When Jong-nam died, Han-sol did not show up in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian authorities looked for the next kin to formally identify the body but nobody showed up.
A group called Cheollima Civil Defense posted the video. The organization’s focus is on rescuing North Korean defectors and refugees. The group’s website stated that it responded to “an emergency request by survivors of the family of Kim Jong-nam for extraction and protection.” The website stated that they have relocated Jong-nam’s family members safely. The group said, “This will be the first and last statement on this particular matter, and the present whereabouts of this family will not be addressed.”