Nov. 17 (UPI) — The half-nephew of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un was taken into CIA custody, however his whereabouts are unknown, in response to a current report.

Kim Han Sol was taken to an undisclosed location after a gathering with CIA brokers, The New Yorker reported. Kim was anticipated to reach at Schiphol Airport exterior Amsterdam in 2017, however went lacking en route whereas accompanied by a CIA agent. Kim is the son of Kim Jong Nam, the person who was assassinated on Feb. 13, 2017, at an airport in Malaysia.

The rescue of Kim Han Sol and his household was made potential with the assistance of Free Joseon’s Adrian Hong Chang and Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. marine. The 2 males have been additionally concerned in a raid on the North Korean Embassy in Spain in 2019.

Free Joseon, typically referred to as Cheollima Civil Protection, has typically been recognized as a North Korea government-in-exile.

Hong Chang first met Kim Han Sol in Paris round 2013 via a mutual contact. Kim, an adolescent on the time, was carrying a pair of Gucci sneakers, Hong Chang mentioned.

“By no means met a child with a lot cash. Kim Jong Nam had stashed away a variety of money throughout his life,” he mentioned, in response to The New Yorker.

In 2017 Kim Han Sol reached out to Hong Chang after his father’s loss of life. The household was dwelling in Macau. Kim mentioned the Macau police at his home had vanished with out rationalization. The household determined to go away instantly, and Hong Chang coordinated with Ahn to make their getaway, which started at an airport in Taiwan, the report says.

Hong Chang bought tickets for the household to go to Amsterdam and Ahn was planning to journey with the group, however CIA brokers who appeared on the airport in Taiwan prevented Ahn from involvement.

“A crew despatched by Free Joseon, assisted by a Dutch human rights lawyer, was ready on the gate” of the Dutch airport, the report says. “But they by no means got here via the gate.”

Kim Han Sol’s father has beforehand been linked to a North Korea slush fund in Macau, which he helped handle. The regime typically makes use of abroad contacts to earn international foreign money, however many actions are illicit.

Japan’s NHK reported Tuesday two South Korean passport holders have been arrested for unlawful seafood buying and selling with North Korea. Worldwide sanctions ban North Korean exports of seafood.