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N. Korean leader Kim sends personal letter to Cuba's Castro

All Headlines 14:37 July 08, 2018

SEOUL, July 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a personal letter to Raul Castro, the head of Cuba's ruling communist party, the North's state-run media said Sunday.

The Korean Central News Agency carried a report on the Workers' Party of Korea Vice Chairman Ri Su-yong's July 5 talks with Castro, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, three days after the meeting Sunday.

"Ri courteously conveyed the warm greetings and verbal personal letter sent by Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, to Raul Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba," according to the KCNA.

"Raul Castro Ruz expressed deep thanks for this and asked Ri Su-yong to convey his most wholehearted greetings to Kim Jong Un. The talk took place in a friendly atmosphere," the report said.

The exchange is the latest sign of North Korea restoring close ties with its traditional allies in the midst of its whirlwind diplomacy to reset relationships with the United States and South Korea.

Breaking his nearly seven years of seclusion since coming to power in 2011, Kim held his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March ahead of his summits with the South Korean and United States counterparts before having two more meetings with Xi in the following months.

Ri's Cuba trip also came after Cuba elected Miguel Diaz-Canel in April as the next Cuban president to succeed Raul Castro.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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