North Korea is working hard to try and develop its first functional nuclear missile.
To date, they have struggled to obtain one, but experts predict that they are coming close and will soon have one of their own.
Every time North Korea tries to launch a nuclear missile, Kim Jong Un is seen with three specific men, who are always smiling, laughing, or placing their hands on their leader.
“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,” said An Chan-il, a former North Korean military officer who defected to South Korea and now runs a think tank in the nation’s capital, according to Reuters. “It reflects his urgency about missile development.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The three have since been identified as “Ri Pyong Chol, a former top air force general; Kim Jong Sik, a veteran rocket scientist; and Jang Chang Ha, the head of a weapons development and procurement center,” according to Reuters.
Ri reportedly poses the greatest threat, partly because he’s not a newcomer and has been with the administration since long before Kim assumed power in 2011 following his father’s death.
“The big potato in that trio of people is Ri Pyong Chol,” explained North Korean expert Michael Madden. “He’s been around since before Kim Jong Un was even talked about with any seriousness.”
Moreover, he serves as the deputy director of the Workers’ Party Munitions Industry Department, which manages the development of the rogue regime’s widely panned ballistic missile program and was blacklisted by the U.S. government seven years ago.
“Ri looks like the party’s guy in the missile program,” Kim Jin-moo, an expert on North Korea’s government in Seoul, told Reuters.
For years, we have heard rumors that Kim Jong Un is struggling to maintain control of his government. Only time will tell if he is overthrown.
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