Kim Jong Un's nephew dreams of unification

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The young nephew of North Korea's leader has said he wants to "make things better" for his people and sees his future in humanitarian work.

Kim brother warned about criticism

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 14 (UPI) -- The older half-brother of North Korea's new leader has been warned to refrain from public criticism of Kim Jong Un's rise to power, a Japanese newspaper says.
Kim Jong Un's brother: Regime will fall

Kim Jong Un's brother: Regime will fall

TOKYO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The late Kim Jong Il's oldest son predicts his younger brother's rule in North Korea will be short-lived, a Japanese journalist says.
Report: Eldest son of Kim Jong Il in China

Report: Eldest son of Kim Jong Il in China

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- China is giving protection to the eldest son of North Korea's departed leader Kim Jong Il, a source told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
Kim named son reluctantly, brother says

Kim named son reluctantly, brother says

TOKYO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il did not really want a dynastic succession, says his eldest son, who was passed over.
North Korean ruler's son disowns dynasty

North Korean ruler's son disowns dynasty

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The eldest son of ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he doesn't favor political dynasties, including that of his brother.
North Korea edges toward a power struggle

North Korea edges toward a power struggle

SEOUL, July 15 (UPI) -- North Korea's No. 2 man might seize power after the expected death of Kim Jong Il, who is believed to have pancreatic cancer, Korean intelligence sources said.

Film renews health talk of N. Korea's Kim

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Video of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's oldest son in Paris apparently meeting with a top brain surgeon has reignited concerns about the leader's health.

North Korea more dangerous after Kim Jong Il's stroke

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il really is ailing, but he is far from dead yet.

Son of Kim Jong-il living in Macao

MACAO, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Kim Jong-nam, the oldest son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, is reportedly living with his family in Macao, the former island colony now part of China.

North Korea could survive leader's death

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A report by South Korea's National Assembly has concluded that the political system of North Korea will likely survive beyond the death of leader Kim Jong Il.

Kim son targeted in assassination plot

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly survived an assassination attempt in Austria, The Korea Times reported Sunday.

Kim Jong-nam (Korean: 김정남, Hanja: 金正男) (born May 10, 1971), is the eldest son of Kim Jong-Il, ruler of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From roughly 1998 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir-apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea. Following a much-publicized botched attempt to secretly visit Japan's Disneyland in May 2001, he was thought to have fallen out of favor with his father. Kim Jong-nam's younger half-brother Kim Jong-un was named heir apparent in September 2010.

Kim was born in Pyongyang, to Song Hye-rim, one of three women known to have had children with Kim Jong-il. Because Kim Jong-il aimed to keep his affair with Song a secret due to the disapproval of his father Kim Il-sung, he initially kept Jong-nam out of school, instead sending him to live with Song's older sister Song Hye-rang, who tutored him at home. In 1996 Kim Jong-nam entered an elite school for the children of Korean Workers' Party (KWP) leaders.

Kim Jong-nam is reported to have a personality similar to that of his father, and has been described by his aunt as being "hot tempered, sensitive, and gifted in the arts." The same aunt also said in 2000 that Jong-nam "does not wish to succeed his father." Like Kim Jong-il, he is interested in film: he has written scripts and shot films since he was young. His father also created a small movie set for him to use.

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