Updated: 08/27/2013 19:49 | By Agence France-Presse

N. Korean leader's nephew to study at French university

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


N. Korean leader's nephew to study at French university

A handout video grab taken on May 28, 2012 and released on October 19 shows North Korean Kim Han-Sol, Kim Jong-Il's teenage grandson, talking to former UN under secretary general and special rapporteur for Human Rights in Bosnia-Hercegovina Elisabeth Rehn. 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 programme, university official Caroline Allain said.

The English-taught course addresses the relationship between Europe and Asia. Students have to learn French and pick one Asian language -- Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi or Indonesian.

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 favour with Kim Jong-Il following a botched bid to enter Japan in 2001 with a fake passport and 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 UN undersecretary general, branded his uncle Kim Jong-Un a "dictator".

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