Video emerges of man claiming to be Kim Jong-nam's son

Kristopher Drake
March 11, 2017

Pyongyang claimed that the dead man is Kim Chol, the name on a passport held by Kim Jong-nam. Han showed his passport and said in unaccented English that he was with his mother and sister.

He ends the 40-second video saying "we hope this get's better soon".

The son of Kim Jong-nam, the slain half-brother of North Korea's dictatorial ruler, has appeared to surface for the first time since his father's death, The New York Times reported.

The official said he has no information on the Cheollima Civil Defense which is the group that posted a YouTube video of Kim Han-sol, or his whereabouts.

Kim Jong Nam was the half brother of Kim Jong Un - they shared a father, Kim Jong Il - but are thought to have met only once, at their grandfather's funeral in 1994.

Han Sol, 21, is believed to have graduated from Sciences Po university in Paris and had been living in exile with his parents in Macau before he disappeared with his mother and sister following the Kim Jong Nam probe.

The statement released on the website of Cheollima Civil Defense said the organisation responded last month to an emergency request by Kim Jong Nam's family members for "extraction and protection". The group says the governments of the Netherlands, China, the United States and a fourth unnamed country are providing humanitarian assistance to the family according to Reuters. 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.

Asked if Kim's relatives had been notified about the positive identification, the police chief replied: "Yes, we have already informed the relatives, so it seems no one is taking (the body)".

Malaysian police had previously identified the man as Kim Chol by citing his passport, and insisted that they needed family members to provide DNA samples to further identify the body.

"The staff members are worldwide civil servants and not representatives of their national government", the WFP spokesman said.

In a bid to "ensure the safety" of its diplomats and citizens in Malaysia, North Korea retaliated on Tuesday by banning Malaysians from leaving the country until the case was "properly solved".

The Southeast Asian country has said it would only release Kim's body to the next of kin, refusing demands from North Korea to hand over the body without an autopsy.

In North Korea, Cheollima is used as a national symbol usually depicted or sculpted as a winged horse, symbolising strength, physical and of character, and speed.

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