Kim Jung-un’s rocket men
September 15, 2017 -- Three men shown celebrating with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un following successful missile launches are believed to be the top people in the country’s rapidly advancing missile and nuclear programme.
One of Kim’s closest aides. Former air force chief was elected to National Defence Commission – most powerful government organization – in 2014. Now runs Workers’ Party Munitions Industry Department, developing conventional and nuclear weapons.
As President of Academy of National Defence Science, Jang’s staff procure foreign technology and equipment for weapons programmes. Promoted in July to a four-star colonel general after successful test of KN-20, using Soviet-era RD-250 engine, built in Ukraine.
Rocket scientist and general at Munitions Industry Department. Mastermind of Kim’s missile programme since successful launch of Unha-3 rocket – which put satellite into low earth orbit – in 2012.