Kim Jong Nam's Son, in Hiding After Murder, Appears on Video

Trevor Jackson
March 11, 2017

"We hope this gets better soon".

It's the first public comment by the Kim family since the murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 by attackers who allegedly smeared his face with highly toxic nerve agent VX.

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

Kim Han Sol is believed to be 21, and has lived a low-profile life since his father's exile, growing up in Macau and China.

"Han Sol basically shut down his social media profiles and asked us to kindly untag him from photos so that people wouldn't be able to [find] him on Facebook", one of his former friends recalled. In a television interview with Finnish channel Yle in 2012, he said it was awkward meeting South Koreans at first, but that "little by little we started to understand each other... and sometimes we share stories from back home and realise how similar we are: the same language, the same culture", according to The Guardian. He was reportedly placed under increased police protection while studying at an elite university in France in 2013.

Rumours have also been circulating that it was a matter of time before Jong-nam's body would be claimed by a next-of-kin.

Cheollima additionally thanked the governments of the Netherlands, China, the United States and an unnamed fourth state for their "humanitarian assistance", while singling out Dutch Ambassador to the Koreas A.J.A. Embrechts for his "timely and strong response".

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The ambassador has made no public comment on his expulsion. North Korea has denied any responsibility and accused Malaysia of being swayed by the North's enemies.

While Trump initially signalled he'd be open to talks, more recently he's indicated he could follow Barack Obama's lead in insisting North Korea abandon its nuclear programme before negotiations can occur. Secondly they could be in South Korea as that is where high ranking defectors end up. However, it is clear to them that the man closely resembles Kim Han-sol.

South Korea has blamed Pyongyang for the assassination and Malaysian police are seeking seven North Korean suspects, four of whom left Malaysia on the day of the murder.

North Korea acknowledges that the dead man is a North Korean national, but maintains that it is not Kim, and that the deceased probably died of a heart attack and not VX poisoning.

"Malaysia always ensures good relations with all countries". Najib called the act "abhorrent" and said Malaysia "will not hesitate to take all measures necessary" to protect its citizens.

North Korea has been demanding the body of Jong-nam, which Pyongyang still refers to only as "Kim Chol", the name he has been known to travel under.

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".

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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