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Rare Yle interview with Kim Jong-il’s grandson

An Yle programme provides a rare glimpse inside North Korea’s ruling family.

Video: Kim Han-sol
The Kim Han-sol interview, in English, starts at 1:35.

The programme is part of ’Conversations with Elisabeth’, a series of interviews conducted by former UN Under-Secretary-General Elisabeth Rehn for Yle’s Swedish-language channel, Yle Fem.

Rehn went to Bosnia to interview Kim Han-sol, grandson of the late Kim Jong-il who led the autocratic state until his death in 2011.

The 17-year-old has studied at the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina for the last few years. Rehn has worked for the United Nations in Bosnia in several different roles.

His father Kim Jong-nam fell out of favour with Kim Jong-il in 2001 when he tried to enter Japan using a fake passport in order to visit Disneyland. Kim Han-sol grew up and went to school in Macau, and never met his grandfather.

He told Rehn he is keen for reunification of the Korean peninsula.

"I have always dreamed one day I will go back and make things better, make it easier for all the people there," said the younger Kim. "I also dream of reunification because it's really sad that I can't go to the other side [South Korea] and see my friends there."

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