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Man believed to be Kim Jong-il's grandson offers apology to N. Korean people

All Headlines 21:51 October 03, 2011

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- A young man assumed to be the 16-year-old grandson of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il apologized to his compatriots for their hunger in a 2007 YouTube posting seen by Yonhap News Agency on Monday.

"Anthem North Korea," a YouTube posting by a person nicknamed 'gliango' in December 2007, drew more than 1,500 comments, which included about 10 written by 'kimhs616,' a nickname believed to be used by Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the North Korean leader.

According to published reports, Kim Jong-nam, believed to be in his late 30s, makes China his home outside North Korea. He reportedly has a luxury house in Macau.

"Well, let me set things clear for you. I'm a North Korean living in Macau, ok? and by the way, there is Internet in NK (North Korea), I've set up a satellite communication system there. Long live DPRK," kimhs616 said in an English comment, using the abbreviation of the North's name.

"Actually I eat like an average person, I can't eat even if I had good food, cuz (because) like I feel sorry for my ppl (people)," he said.

The man went on to say,"I'm actually studying in Macau. I know my people are hungry, I'd do anything to help them."

Regarding reports that the North Korean leader had a stroke, kimhs616 claimed that he believed he just fainted.

The comments were believed to be written by Kim Han-sol three years ago, when he was 13.

Kim Han-sol made headlines worldwide last week as he is reportedly set to attend an international school in Bosnia.

He is understood to have enrolled at the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. A person joined the school's Facebook page last month in his name, leaving a simple message, "North Korean incoming," and Bosnian officials have reportedly acknowledged the story. The young man posted his images on Facebook last week, but access to his Facebook page was soon restricted for unknown reasons.

Kim Jong-nam has reportedly fallen out of favor with his father for his wayward lifestyle. He is known to be critical of his father's decision to choose his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un as the North's next leader.

The younger generation of the reclusive North Korean leader has largely been educated in Europe, with Kim Jong-un going to school in Switzerland.

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