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North Korea leader's nephew gives rare interview

  • The grandson of the late Kim Jong-il and nephew of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un gave a rare television interview from Bosnia on Friday, where he is studying.

    Speaking to former United Nations Under-Secretary General Elisabeth Rehn in an interview for Finnish television, Kim Han-sol, 17, said he wished to ''make things better'' for his compatriots.

    "I've always dreamed that one day I would go back and make things better and make it easier for the people there," he said in fluent English.

    Kim Han-sol is the son of Kim Jong-nam, eldest brother of Kim Jong-un, who has been living in Macau and China.

    He also spoke of his dreams of a reunification between the two Koreas in the interview.

    Kim Han-sol also said he had never met his grandfather or uncle and only figured out who his grandfather was after putting ''pieces of the puzzle'' together as he grew up.

    His father, Kim Jong-nam, 39, is believed to have fallen out of favor in 2001 after he was caught trying to sneak into Japan using a fake passport. He told officials he was planning to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

    It is not apparent why Kim Han-sol did the interview. He first drew international attention in October last year after South Korean media outlets reported on pictures and comments on his Facebook page.