China Vows to Protect Kim Jong-nam's Family

  • By Ahn Yong-hyun

    February 17, 2017 10:35

    Authorities in Macau said they will protect the family of Kim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to local media on Thursday.

    His widow Ri Hye-kyong (42), who is also goes by Jang Kil-son, and two children Han-sol (23) and Sol-hui (18) all hold Macau citizenship.

    Law enforcement officials in Macau were quoted as saying, "We are closely monitoring how the events are progressing. We will do everything we can to ensure the safety and rights of Macau residents and visitors."

    Left: A picture from the Facebook account believed to be Kim Jong-nam's; Right: the grave of Kim's mother Song Hye-rim in Moscow /Yonhap

    One South Korean friend of Kim Jong-nam's in Macau said, "Kim Jong-nam was a fan of the Korean pop culture and told me several times that he would like to visit Seoul some day. I told him to make the visit and he would tell me, 'How could that be possible?'"

    The source said he did not recall Kim making any attempt to defect to South Korea. "He was reported to have used the name Kim Chol on his passport and that's also the name he used on his credit cards."

    Hong Kong's South China Morning Post quoted another friend of Kim's as saying that he knew he was targeted and that his half-brother was after him.

    The Macau Daily quoted a friend identified by his surname Chen as saying, "Kim Jong-nam was accompanied by bodyguards during his early years there, but he moved around by himself in recent years."

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