In the latest bizarre twist in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, a YouTube video has emerged of a man claiming to be the son of the murdered half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
In the 39-second clip the man says, "My name is Kim Han-sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family,” while showing what appears to be his passport as evidence of his identity.
He claims he is with his mother and sister and that the family has gone into hiding after his father’s killing last month.
It's the first public comment by the Kim family since the murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 by attackers who allegedly smeared his face with highly toxic nerve agent VX.
However, doubts remain as to the authenticity of the claims made in the video because there are no details on the date or location. Also, the particulars in the passport have been blocked out.
Officials at South Korea's Unification Ministry and National Intelligence Service said while they cannot confirm the man in the video is Kim Han-sol, he “closely resembles” him.
A group called Cheollima Civil Defense, which claims to focus on rescuing North Korean defectors and refugees, posted the video on YouTube. They have not previously been heard of.
The high-profile killing of Kim Jong Nam has escalated diplomatic tension between North Korea and Malaysia over the past month
The Malaysian police have arrested and charged two women — one an Indonesian national and the other Vietnamese — with murder. However, both claim they were fooled into killing Kim by making them believe they were taking part in a televised prank.
Malaysia is currently looking for seven North Korean suspects, including one diplomat, over suspected involvement in the killing
North Korea has repeatedly denied the accusations and in retaliation barred Malaysians from leaving the country.