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NORTH KOREA: Kim Jung-un’s rocket men infographic
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Kim Jung-un’s rocket men

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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.

Ri Pyong-chol
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.

Jang Chang-ha
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.

Kim Jong-sik
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.

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