Kim Jong-il's Son Dreamed of Nuke-Free World

      July 20, 2009 10:57

      Kim Jong-chol, the second son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, wrote a poem dreaming of a world without weapons and atomic bombs while he was at school in Switzerland, the July 27 edition of Newsweek reports.

      "Bits of his poetry were contained in a collection of student work," the magazine says in a piece titled North Korea's first family. One, written when he was a sixth or seventh grader in the mid-1990s, is called "My Ideal World." "If I had my ideal world I would not allow weapons and atom bombs anymore," wrote Jong-chol, "I would destroy all terrorists with the Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme. I would make people stop taking drugs..."

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (top) and his three sons as pictured in Newsweek. Bottom from left, Kim's first son Jong-nam, second son Jong-chol, and third son and heir apparent Jong-un /Courtesy of Newsweek

      The International School in Bern told Newsweek that Jong-chol, registered as Park Chol, arrived at ISB in a limousine in the fall 1992, when he was a fourth grader, and was with a student who looked older, apparently a bodyguard, Newsweek said.

      Jong-chol was introverted and reserved, and was a basketball fanatic and an ardent fan of the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, just like his younger brother Jong-un. But he himself was no great basketball player, and the person who actually made it to the school basketball team was his bodyguard.

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