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Kim Jong Nam's Son Reveals His Father Was 'Killed'

By March 9, 2017 at 7:11 am
Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong-nam pose together with others (Photo : Choongang Monthly Magazine/Newsmakers)

A video uploaded on YouTube has shown a man who claimed to be Kim Han-sol, Kim Jong-Nam's son. He revealed that his father was assassinated, contrary to North Korea's latest statement about how Kim Jong-un's half-brother died from a heart attack.

Ri Tong-il, North Korea's former deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said that Kim Jong-Nam had a history of heart disease. Moreover, Ri also noted that "under normal conditions, he cannot travel without medicine for heart disease, as well as for diabetes and high blood pressure." With this, he concluded that Kim Jong-Nam died from a heart attack instead of assassination.

The announcement came after North Korea was accused of being the one behind Kim Jong-Nam's death. South Korean and U.S. officials believed that Kim Jong-Nam, who had spoken up against his family's dictatorship of North Korea, had been assassinated by agents of the reclusive country.

Currently, Kim Han-sol has come out and was featured in a YouTube video, which can be seen below. Kim Jong-Nam's son revealed that his father was assassinated.

"My name is Kim Han-sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family," he said. "My father has killed a few days ago. I'm currently with my mother and sister and we're very grateful to... and we hope this gets better soon."

He showed his passport as proof but his personal information was blurred. The video was uploaded by Cheollima Civil Defense, which is a civic group helping North Korea defectors.

The National Intelligence Service has verified the man in the video to be Kim Han-sol. It is unclear where the clip was filmed and why he appeared in it.

Cheollima Civil Defense said that the video would be the "first and last statement on this particular matter and the present whereabouts of this family will not be addressed." It has also thanked the Netherlands, China, the U.S. and an unknown "fourth government" which helped moved the family.

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