- Two members of a North Korean assassination team were arrested in China
- The group of seven were aiming to kill Kim Jong-un’s nephew, Kim Han-sol, 22
- The other members of the plot are being questioned by officials near Beijing
- Kim Han-sol’s father, Kim Jong-nam, was poisoned in an airport earlier this year
China has detained several North Koreans who were allegedly plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-un’s nephew – the son of his half-brother who was poisoned earlier this year in a Malaysia airport.
Two of seven members of the North Korean assassination team plotting to kill 22-year-old Kim Han-sol were arrested in Beijing last week.
The plot was stopped after officials increased security during China’s 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, which ran for seven days from October 18.
Two of seven members of the North Korean assassination team plotting to kill 22-year-old Kim Han-sol (pictured) were arrested in Beijing last week
Members of the assassination team who were not arrested are being questioned by Chinese officials, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported.
‘Special operatives belonging to the North’s reconnaissance team penetrated [China] to remove Kim Han-sol, but some of them were arrested last week by the Chinese Ministry of National Security and are currently under investigation at facilities outside Beijing,’ a source told the newspaper.
China’s Foreign Ministry has yet to confirm the arrests publicly.