Who’s the man who dared to piggyback on Kim Jong-un?

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After North Korea claimed their rocket engine test last weekend was a ‘success’, pictures emerged of a very happy Kim Jong-un giving a man a piggyback.

The picture released by state news agency KCNA had many wondering, ‘who is this man that dared to hop onto the back of North Koreas dictator?’

Observers said that the man latching onto the back of Kim Jong-un is an unknown figure in North Korean politics, and could have played a main role in the engine test, and probably engaged with Kim in the past.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured at the Headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 1, 2017.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured at the Headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 1, 2017.

Michael Madden, North Korean observer at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, told BBC his uniform points out that he is a mid-ranking officer of the KPA Strategic Force, which is responsible for the missile forces used for offensive attacks.

“It was more a signal of allowance and encouragement than something completely machinated by an image maker.”

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