KOREAN POLITICS: Elisabeth Rehn Interviews North Korea's Almost Heir Apparent Kim Hansol


Elisabeth Rehn, a former UN Under-Secretary-General, former member of Parliament of the Finnish People's Party, and the first female Minister of Defense in Finland, interviewed Kim Hansol (or Kim Han Sol), the grandson of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (or Kim Jong Il). His father, Kim Jongnam (or Kim Jong Nam), is the first son of Kim Jong-il, and his mother Song Hye-rim was Kim Jong-il's first mistress before he got officially married to Kim Youngsook.

Kim Jongnam used to be known as the heir apparent to his father Kim Jong-il and the next leader of North Korea but was sent into exile when his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un became the heir apparent in September 2010. Kim Jong-un's mother was the second mistress of Kim Jong-il and the de facto First Lady of North Korea until her death. Kim Jongnam's whereabouts has been unknown since January 2012, right after Kim Jong-un became the nation's supreme leader when their father died on December 17, 2011.  Some think he's in hiding while others think he may have been assassinated.

In this interview, Kim Hansol said he had never met his grandfather Kim Jong-il and hoped to go back to North Korea and work for world peace someday. He currently goes to the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Hertzegovina. While watching his interview, I couldn't help but wonder in my own mind what if his father Kim Jongnam had remained the heir apparent to assume office in 2011. And also I wondered what had brought this young man in front of camera, i.e., to the world.  So... what's your thoughts?



The actual interview starts at about 1:40.