'Video Shows Kim Jong-il's Son During School Performance'

      September 10, 2010 09:56

      The Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun on Thursday said it has obtained video footage showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir apparent Jong-un during a presentation at his public school in Bern, Switzerland.

      A boy believed to be North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir apparent Jong-un holds a tambourine during a presentation at his school in Bern, Switzerland, in this screen grab from a video clip released by the Yomiuri Shimbun on Thursday. /Yomiuri Shimbun

      The 13-minute video footage shows a musical presentation of Feb. 7, 1998. In it, a girl who looks like Kim's younger sister Yo-jong is also seen standing among the students in the audience. Kim Jong-un, wearing a track suit and carrying a tambourine, looks much taller than his classmates.

      While other students are dancing and singing, Kim junior appears awkward, his mouth nearly closed, and looking as though he does not mix well with those around him, the daily reported.

      According to the daily, the video was shot by the mother of a sixth grade boy, a classmate of Kim junior's. Kim junior was 15 at the time, and his classmate is now 25. That suggests Jong-un, who is said to be 27, studied in a lower grade because his German was not very good. The classmate said, "He used an assumed name, Pak Un. I heard that he was a son of an ambassador's. He was a quiet boy."

      Kim Jong-un went to Switzerland because a North Korean ambassador who managed Kim senior's secret bank accounts was staying there, the daily speculated.

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