Grandson of North Korean Leader in Bosnia

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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The teenage grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is in Bosnia, where officials say he has enrolled in a private high school.

Officials at United World College in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed 16-year-old Kim Han Sol arrived this week to take classes. They said he came to the school's Bosnian branch after he was refused a visa to attend a branch in Hong Kong.

United World College has 13 schools in different locations across the world.

Spokeswoman Meri Musa told the Associated Press the school selects students based on their “sense of idealism” and “sense that they can really change the world.”

Last week, the English-language South China Morning Post identified Kim Han Sol's father as Kim Jong-nam — the one-time heir-apparent to Kim Jong Il. The son is thought to have fallen out of favor with the North Korean leader about a decade ago.

The newspaper said Kim Jong-nam and his son have lived in Macau in recent years.