PETALING JAYA: Chinese police have reportedly foiled a plot to assassinate Kim Han Sol, the son of Kim Jong Nam who was murdered in Malaysia earlier this year.
Quoting a source familiar with North Korean affairs, South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo said seven agents from the communist state’s spy agency, Reconnaissance General Bureau, had been dispatched to Beijing to track down Han Sol.
Of the seven, two were arrested by Chinese police. They are being held at a special facility on the outskirts of Beijing.
Investigations are ongoing, the report added.
Han Sol, 22, was last heard of in March, when a video surfaced showing a man claiming to be Jong Nam’s son.
The video was posted online by a group calling itself Cheollima Civil Defense. The group said it was protecting Jong Nam’s family and had relocated it 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,” it said in a statement on its website.
The group also thanked four countries which it said had facilitated the protection given to Jong Nam’s family: China, the Netherlands, the US and a fourth unnamed government.