Kim Jong-nam's son in video says father 'killed'

The young man is Kim Han-sol, grandson of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, nephew of current ruler Kim Jong-un, and son of recently assassinated Kim Jong-nam.

On Feb. 13, Kim Jong-nam was killed by two women who rubbed a deadly nerve agent on his face in a Malaysian airport.

A different source said that Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore or Thailand, which all house regional offices of the U.S. CIA, are the likely transit points for Kim and his family, the Korean news agency Chosun Ilbo reported. He shows his passport as proof of his identity but those details were redacted. "I'm now with my mother and my sister" in the video. "We are very grateful to ..." he says, before the audio cuts off.

After Malaysian authorities identified North Korean officials as suspects alongside those thought to be hired as assassins, Malaysia expelled North Korea's ambassador from the country, which was one of the few in the world to have a visa-free system with North Korea.

The video titled KHS Video was uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday under the username Cheollima Civil Defense, a group claiming to offer safe haven to North Koreans.

Kim is talking about the recent assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, allegedly on Pyongyang's orders. Sporting ear studs, styled hair and a black suit, he spoke articulately about his wish for national unification and awkwardness in befriending South Koreans. He then closes by saying: "We hope this gets better soon". "The unnamed fourth government mentioned by Cheollima Civil Defense may be South Korea".

After finishing high school, Kim Han Sol entered the Europe-Asia Programme at Sciences Po, a prestigious university in Le Havre, Normandy.

Despite being aware of the risks associated, Han Sol has commented before in private and in public on his family's reign in North Korea.

The organization said on its website that it responded last month to "an emergency request by survivors of the family of Kim Jong-nam" for protection.

North Korea has yet to confirm the dead man is Kim - he was travelling under a passport in a different name. The murder has since sparked a diplomatic row between North Korea and Malaysia after authorities there declared the man had been killed with a chemical weapon. The organization's focus is on rescuing North Korean defectors and refugees. 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".

  • Rogelio Becker