Kim Jong-il 's Sons 'Had Kids Last Year'

      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.

      Kim Jong-chol, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's middle son, is seen wearing a ring in Singapore on Sunday, similar to the one worn by the woman next to him. /Asahi TV-Yonhap

      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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