Kim Han-sol (Korean: 김한솔, born 16 June 1995) is the eldest
Kim Jong-nam and a grandson of the former North Korean ruler,
Kim Jong-il. His father was the unofficial heir-apparent until 2001,
when he fell out of favor with the regime after a failed attempt to
secretly visit Japan's Disneyland in May 2001.
Kim Han-sol's half-uncle, Kim Jong-un, was named the heir apparent in
September 2010, and succeeded
Kim Jong-il upon the latter's death
in December 2011.
2 See also
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Kim Han-sol was born in
Pyongyang in 1995 and had an isolated
upbringing in Mainland China and Macau.
Kim Han-sol first came to
public attention in 2011 when he was accepted by Li Po Chun United
World College, a member of the UWC movement, to study in Hong Kong.
Later, he was denied a student visa by the Hong Kong government. In
late 2011, due to an admissions announcement by the United World
Colleges' (UWC) United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
campus, it was discovered by the South Korean media that one of the
newly admitted students to the college was Kim Han-sol, about whom
very little had been previously known.
The South Korean media tracked down several online accounts maintained
by Han-sol. The content of the accounts were widely spread
online, providing stark contrast to his grandfather's regime. In
various posted messages on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, he
expressed guilt for his family's role in the suffering of the North
Korean people. He expressed guilt about having enough to eat when his
North Korea were starving, and he appeared to criticize his
uncle – the heir apparent – Kim Jong-un.
In October 2012,
Kim Han-sol made his first ever televised interview
(in English) with Finnish TV network Yle, making several comments
about his desire for Korean reunification, and not disputing the
interviewer's disparaging characterizations of Kim Han-sol's
grandfather's and uncle's rule over North Korea.
As of 25 April 2013[update] Bosnian Media had reported that
Kim had been missing from classes at UWC.
In December 2013 Kim was in his first year of study at the Le Havre
campus of France's
Sciences Po university. Following the execution of
his grand uncle
Jang Song-thaek in December 2013 he was placed under
police protection. He completed his studies at
Sciences Po in
Kim Jong-nam died in Malaysia on 13 February 2017,
after two women attacked him at the Kuala Lumpur International
Airport, and rubbed his face with VX nerve agent, a lethal chemical
weapon. On March 7, 2017 a video surfaced of Han-sol that was by a
group called the "Cheollima Civil Defense", and though parts of it
were censored, he stated that he was with his mother and sister and
hoping that it would "get better soon."
In October 2017, Chinese police arrested two North Korean agents in
Beijing, on suspicion of plotting to harm Kim Han-sol, according to
the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo. The two suspects
were members of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, which
is responsible for overseas espionage and part of a team of seven that
was foiled by Chinese authorities.
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Kim Jong-un confirmed North
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^ 3 October 2011,
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마시는 등 '이젠 내 차례' 불안 호소"" (in Korean).
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October 2011, interview
"Gim Jeong-il’s Grandson is Living With a Libyan Revolutionary"
North Korea News, 18 October 2012
"Gim Jeong-il's 'Hipster' Grandson Reported Missing By Bosnian Media"
IB Times, 25 April 2013
"Kim Jong-Un's nephew Kim Han-Sol graduates from boarding school in
Bosnia" News.com.au, 5 June 2013
Kim dynasty of North Korea
Kim Il-sung (1912–1994)
Kim Jong-il (1941–2011)
Kim Jong-un (1984–)
Kim Hyong-jik (Kim Il-sung's father)
Kang Pan-sok (Kim Il-sung's mother)
Kim Jong-suk (Kim Il-sung's first wife, Jong-il's mother)
Kim Yong-ju (Kim Il-sung's brother)
Kim Song-ae (Kim Il-sung's second wife)
Hong Il-chon (Kim Jong-il's first wife, divorced)
Song Hye-rim (Kim Jong-il's first mistress)
Kim Man-il (Kim Jong-il's brother)
Jang Song-thaek (Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law)
Kim Kyong-hui (Kim Jong-il's sister)
Kim Young-sook (Kim Jong-il's wife)
Ko Yong-hui (Kim Jong-il's second mistress, Jong-un's mother)
Kim Pyong-il (Kim Jong-il's half-brother)
Kim Ok (Kim Jong-il's third mistress)
Kim Yo-jong (Kim Jong-un's sister)
Kim Jong-chul (Kim Jong-un's brother)
Kim Sul-song (Kim Jong-un's half-sister)
Kim Jong-nam (Kim Jong-un's half-brother)
Ri Sol-ju (Kim Jong-un's wife)
Kim Ju-ae (Kim Jong-un's daughter)
Kim Han-sol (K