Sep 12, 2023, 02:33 PM IST
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's visit to Russia has garnered a lot of attention. The leader accompanied by a delegation, which includes top military commanders, arms industry officials, and diplomats, has reached Russia for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Here's who accompanied Kim Jong Un to Russia.
While the exact composition of his delegation is yet to be named by North Korea, analysts have identified key figures accompanying Kim on his trip. The North Korean leader's delegation as per experts suggests that the visit will focus on defence and security cooperation.
Amid the posse are high ranking defence leaders, including the Vice Chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Military Commission and marshal of the army — North Korea's top military rank. Ri Pyong Chol oversees North Korea's defence industry, including its nuclear and missile programs.
Marshal Pak Jong Chon, who is the new head of the party's military political leadership, is reportedly accompanying Kim on this trip to Russia.
Kim Jong Un's sister and a powerful senior party official. She has played a significant role in supporting her brother's past summits. Reuters reports that she was seen standing beside the train in North Korea, however, it is unclear if she boarded.
Choe Son Hui is a seasoned diplomat and long-time nuclear negotiator who played a crucial role in Kim's summits with former US President Donald Trump.
While the North Korean Defence Minister was not spotted in any of the released pictures, it is speculated that he is likely to have gone on the Russia visit with Kim.
A party secretary and chairman of a national space science and technology committee. He is reportedly also involved in a spy satellite programme.
The Director of the Munitions Industry Department, Jo Chun Ryong also assisted Kim during recent visits to a munitions factory and missile plant. As per North Korea leadership expert Michael Madden, the visit can include a possible agreements for munitions purchases led by Jo.
Officials handling economic affairs are also there. Their presence as per Reuters suggest the possibility of discussions related to economic cooperation and food aid.