MOSTAR, Bosnia (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's grandson is sharing a dormitory room with a Libyan student at an international school here, one of the school's students said Monday, an encounter that could give him a glimpse of pro-democracy movements spreading from the Middle East and northern Africa.
Kim Han-sol, 16, began studying at the United World College's branch in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar last week after spending years in the Chinese territory of Macao.
"The roommate of Kim Han-sol is a senior Libyan student," one of the students said on the condition of anonymity, adding the Libyan student returned the dormitory last weekend from a study trip.
According to the Web site of the United World College, a total of 154 students are enrolled at the Mostar branch for 2011-2012 and the list includes one North Korean and one Libyan.
The so-called Arab Spring pro-democracy movements ended the 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi in late August and Gadhafi is still on the run.
While the Arab Spring apparently gives North Korea's leadership jitters, analysts said that the North might avoid internal collective actions because of its repressive security and a lack of communications tools.
Han-sol is the son of Kim Jong-il's eldest son, Kim Jong-nam, who makes China his home outside North Korea and reportedly has a luxury house in Macao. Kim Jong-nam has reportedly fallen out of favor with the North Korean leader for his wayward lifestyle.
The younger generation of the reclusive North Korean leader has largely been educated in Europe, with his son and North Korea's heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, going to school in Switzerland.