His online media presence — with appearances on You Tube, Facebook, My Space and the dating site Asiafind — became an occasional hot topic in South Korean and Japanese news media, TIME reported in 2012.

The same year, Kim Han Sol sat down with former Finnish lawmaker Elisabeth Rehn to discuss his life and his unusual family for a televised interview.

His younger brother, Kim Jong Un, was instead heralded as “the Great Successor.” In a 2010 interview with Japan’s Asahi TV, Kim said it was his father’s decision to name the younger Kim as the next leader, and that he was willing to help his younger brother “when he needs it from overseas.” He added that he was not interested in becoming North Korea’s next leader.

“That’s good, because we don’t think he’s in the running,” TIME wrote at the time. After the embarrassment of 2001, Kim took up residence in the casino mecca of Macao, where he gained notoriety for his gambling habits and hard drinking.

There were rumors that he was based in the former Portuguese colony to help his family’s regime launder money through a shady web of banks and casinos.

In 2007, Macau’s Banco Delta Asia agreed to dissolve all ties with North Korea after the U. Treasury accused the bank of acting as the country’s “willing pawn.” Who does he leave behind?

Kim, who held senior positions within the North Korean government at the time, allegedly told police that he simply wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland, ahead of being deported to China, TIME reported in 2011.

The incident, coupled with the rumored defection of Kim’s mother (she died in Russia in 2002), led to his estrangement from his father.He told Rehn that he had never met his grandfather Kim Jong Il.“I was waiting for him until before he passed away, hoping that he will come find me,” he said.South Korean defence Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic US military assets - which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers - as well as additional launchers of an advanced US anti-missile system.Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes - about five minutes longer than the first.When he was around 27 years old, he began working at the Ministry of Public Security. He was originally thought of as the heir apparent to the Hermit Kingdom.