Chinese police have stopped a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 22-year-old nephew, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg on Monday reported that several North Koreans dispatched to Beijing on suspicion of scheming to murder Kim Han Sol have been arrested.
Two of seven North Korean agents were apprehended over the alleged plot, according to South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, which first reported the news.
The Ilbo cited a person familiar with North Korean issues, and the publication did not elaborate on whether the other five people were arrested.
The newspaper additionally reported that some of the agents are getting interrogated in special facilities on the outskirts of Beijing.
Kim Han Sol last March said in a YouTube clip that he is the son of Kim Jong Nam, who was assassinated in Malaysia earlier this year.
Two women are currently facing trial in Malaysia on charges of murdering Kim Jong Nam at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February.
The pair have pleaded not guilty, but Malaysian authorities say the duo used the chemical weapon VX in the attack.
Malaysian authorities have also claimed the two women were trained to swipe the poison on Kim Jong Nam’s face as they knew it was toxic.
South Korean government officials have speculated that Kim Jong Un engineered the murder of his half-brother, who lived outside of North Korea for years and criticized his leadership.
Kim Jong Un previously executed his uncle Jang Song Thaek in 2013 on charges of factionalism and graft.
The North Korean leader earlier in October promoted his sister Kim Yo Jong, 28, to the political wing of their nation’s ruling party.
Kim Yo Jong’s promotion brought her closer to North Korea’s center of power and tightened her family’s control over the reclusive Asian country.
President Trump has repeatedly traded barbs with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons this year, provoking fears of a conflict between their nations.