Kim nephew to study in France

AFP-JIJI

The teenage nephew of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will study at France’s prestigious Sciences-Po university, an official said Tuesday.

Kim Han Sol, 18, who studied in Macau and Bosnia, is due to start at Sciences-Po’s campus in the northern city of Le Havre in this year’s Europe-Asia undergraduate program, university official Caroline Allain said.

The teenager’s father, Kim Jong Nam, is the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, who took power in 1994 and like Kim Il-Sung — the founder of the ruling family — led the hermetic state until his death in late 2011.

His family has lived in virtual exile mainly in the Chinese territory of Macau ever since his father fell out of favor with Kim Jong Il following a botched bid to enter Japan in 2001 under a fake passport in order to visit Disneyland.

The teenager has studied at the United World College in Mostar in Bosnia. He avoided the media but in a rare interview to Elisabeth Rehn, a former U.N. undersecretary-general, branded his uncle, Kim Jong Un, a “dictator.”