“It is believed that those aboard included Sydney Seiler, director for Korea at the U.S. National Security Council, and Joseph DeTrani, who headed the North Korea desk at the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. DeTrani left the post in May.
“They met with North Korean officials and discussed policies….
“The third visit that The Asahi Shimbun has confirmed is one that took place in November 2011.”
Kim is wearing a Chicago Bulls T-shirt and Nike sneakers.
Kim Jong Un is reported to have had posters of basketball star Michael Jordan on his wall during his schooldays.
I complement Kim on his attire.
“I got the this shirt from Madeleine Albright,” explains Kim. “That was back in 2000.”
Kim at school in Berne in Switzerland.
We order tosui-tofu, cubes of tofu in a creamy, savoury casserole of soya milk blended with chicken broth, topped with layers of yuba tofu skin.
Kim asks the waiter for a bottle of Johnnie Walker whisky and some Yves Saint Laurent cigarettes.
Reportedly, Kim is a diabetic and suffers from hypertension.
Kim Jong Un. Soviet records show that Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong il was born in the village of Vyatskoye, near Khabarovsk, in 1941, where his father, Kim Il-sung, commanded the 1st Battalion of the Soviet 88th Brigade.
As we begin our meal, I ask Kim about his childhood.
“When I was a little boy, my father, Kim Jong il, got me to watch Disney cartoons for hours every day.”