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Kim’s missile men behind his power

Kim Jong-un, pictured with his three most important elites, supervising the test-fire of the ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 in May. Picture: EPA/KCNA/AAP

THEY are Kim Jong-un’s rocket stars and regarded as national heroes.

And as speculation mounts North Korea is preparing for another missile test within days, western intelligence will be watching three men in particular.

Always by Kim’s side, they are the reason the world should be alarmed by North Korea’s nuclear-powered regime.

Recent footage released by North Korean state TV shows Ri Pyong-cool, Kim Jong-sik, and Jang Chang-ha receiving awards from the country’s leader for their work on the country’s missile program.

While CNN claims the footage may have given intelligence away to Kim’s rivals, one expert told the ceremony was designed to consolidate the image of North Korea as a true nuclear power.

Director for Center for Performance Studies at UCLA Professor Suk…

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