North Korea’s top officials – including its top military leaders and chief diplomat – are among Kim Jong Un’s delegation to Russia, according to photos shared by North Korean state media KCNA.
In one photo released by KCNA, Kim’s second-in-command of the military, Ri Pyong Chol, was seen onboard the train.
Ri is a target of US and UN sanctions for his role in leading the country's ballistic missile programs as the former head of Department of the Munitions Industry.
He was recently seen sitting alongside Kim on a balcony during the paramilitary parade held last Friday, and welcomed Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the weaponry exhibition in Pyongyang late July.
Also accompanying Kim is Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, who led the nuclear negotiation between former President Trump and Kim and was promoted to her current position in June 2022.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported the delegation appears to show a top-level army general Pak Jong Chon, party secretary Pak Thae Song, navy admiral Kim Myong Sik, and the department director of the Munitions Industry Jo Chun Ryong.
Kim is accompanied by “many members of his military,” South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Jeon Ha-kyu said on Tuesday.
It is unknown whether Kim Yo Jong, the leader’s sister and a high-ranking official, has joined her brother on the trip.