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3 of Kim Jong-un’s advisers run North Korea’s missile program

Three of Kim Jong-un’s closest advisers are running  North Korea’s rapidly accelerating missile program rather than the despotic leader himself, Daily Express newspaper reported Friday.

The Western security and intelligence agencies identified the former air force general Ri Pyong Chol, veteran rocket scientist Kim Jong Sik, and Jang Chang Ha, the head of a North Korean weapons development and procurement centre to be the top figures in Kim Jong-un’s accelerating weapons project.


They are said to be Kim’s favorites due to the fact they behave in a much more relaxed fashion in his presence compared to other senior Pyongyang figures and they were shown with the North Korean dictator in pictures and TV footage.

Kim’s close relationship with the three men allows him to speed up the development of the North Korea’s missile capabilities as experts have suggested.

 “Rather than going through bureaucrats, Kim Jong-un is keeping these technocrats right by his side, so that he can contact them directly and urge them to move fast", An Chan-il, a former North Korean military officer who defected to the South and now runs a think tank in Seoul, said.

Kim Jong Sik is the rocket scientist of the trio, and started his career as a civilian aeronautics technician.

After helping develop North Korea’s first successful rocket launch in 2012, Kim Jong Sik shot up the ranks, according to Mr Madden.

Mr Madden said: “When that thing went off and entered into a lower earth orbit, he got credit for that".

He added“The nuclear and missile guys under Kim Jong Un are getting their jobs based on merit.”

The group was blacklisted by the US in 2012 over fears it was working on the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.
Last Modified: Friday، 26 May 2017 12:31 PM