A mysterious video has been uploaded online which purports to show Kim Han Sol, the son of the recently assassinated Kim Jong Nam.
The 40-second long video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday by a group called the Chellima Civil Defense. It features a man who claims to be Kim Han Sol talking into the camera in English. In order to prove his identity, the man shows what appears to be a North Korean diplomatic passport to the camera, though the details are blocked out.
“My father has been killed a few days ago. I’m currently with my mother and my sister. We are very grateful to …,” he says before the audio cuts out. He then closes by saying: “We hope this gets better soon.”
South Korea’s intelligence agency has confirmed that the man in the video is Kim Han Sol. Meanwhile, little is known about the Cheollima Civil Defense. They appear to have only registered their website recently, and created a YouTube account on March 4th.
Along with the video, the Chellima Civil Defense included a statement in both Korean and English claiming that Kim Jong Nam’s family had been “relocated to safety.”
Cheollima Civil Defense responded last month to an emergency request by survivors of the family of Kim Jong Nam for extraction and protection. The three family members were met quickly and relocated to safety. We have in the past addressed other urgent needs for protection. This will be the first and last statement on this particular matter, and the present whereabouts of this family will not be addressed.
We publicly express our gratitude for the emergency humanitarian assistance afforded to us in protecting this family by the governments of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the People’s Republic of China, the United States of America, and a fourth government to remain unnamed. We also recognize our colleagues who remain in the North or within its system who provide critical assistance in extracting such individuals.
In particular, we recognize Ambassador A.J.A. Embrechts, representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for his timely and strong response to our sudden request for assistance. Ambassador Embrechts is a credit to the people of the Netherlands and their long and principled stance for human rights and humanitarian norms.
We regret that several nations refused assistance to this family in this particular apolitical, humanitarian emergency. We, and those we aid, recognize with gratitude all who stand with us on the right side of history.
After Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was sensationally assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February by a woman wearing a shirt with “LOL” written across the front who smeared his face with a nerve agent, fears began to grow that Kim Jong Nam’s 21-year-old son would be next on the dictator’s hit list.
Kim Han-sol grew up with his father, mother and sister in Macau where he reportedly lived a “very normal life” going to international schools in the city. Kim recently graduated from France’s prestigious Sciences-Po university and has been admitted into Oxford University for graduate school.
Following his father’s assassination it was reported that Kim Han-sol and his family went under the protection of police in Macau. Their current whereabouts are not known.
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