February 18, 2011 09:36
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's sons Jong-un and Jong-chol became fathers last year, Asahi TV reported on Thursday citing a source. Whether the babies are boys or girls is not known.
Asahi TV reported that Jong-chol became a father in August but added only that Jong-un's child was born "just after Jong-chol's." The source was quoted as saying, "North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who is aware of his health problems, probably told his sons that he wanted to see grandchildren." It is unclear whether either son is married.
South Korean intelligence officials believe Jong-chol was born in 1981 and Jong-un, the heir presumptive, in 1984, though Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong-il's former sushi chef, says Jong-un was born in 1983. "Just as Kim Jong-il's birth year was changed from 1941 to 1942 to match the last digit of Kim Il-sung's birth year of 1912, so Kim Jong-un's birth year may be changed to 1982," a South Korean government official speculated. In that event Kim Jong-il would turn 70 in 2012, Jong-un 30 in the year marking the 100th anniversary of former leader Kim Il-sung. The North has vowed to become "a powerful and prosperous nation" by then.
Kim Jong-nam (40), the North Korean leader's eldest son, is believed to have two sons and a daughter living in Macau. According to a source, Jong-nam's first wife Shin Jong-hui lives on the northern outskirts of Beijing with her son Kum-sol (14). Jong-nam's second wife Lee Hye-kyong lives in Macau with her son Han-sol (16) and daughter Sol-hui (12).
Jong-nam's mistress, former Air Koryo flight attendant So Yong-la, is also believed to be living in Macau.
Han-sol is at international school in Macau. A diplomatic source said, "Kim Jong-nam's house in Macau became known when Han-sol invited a female South Korean student to come over." Han-sol also attended a concert by K-pop star Rain at the Venetian Hotel in 2009. He sat in the VIP section, where seats cost W290,000 (US$1=W1,118).
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