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N. Korean titular leader meets Castro: KCNA

North Korea 08:48 December 07, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's titular leader has met with Raul Castro, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, on his way home from a recent trip to three Latin American countries, state media reported Friday.

Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, discussed bilateral ties with Castro on Tuesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Kim expressed confidence that their "friendly" relations will continue to advance, while Castro wished North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "great success" in his "new strategic line," the KCNA said.

Also present were Pak Thae-song, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, and Ma Chol-su, North Korea's ambassador to Cuba.

The meeting came five days after Kim met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Havana, a stop as part of his three-country trip that also took him to Venezuela and Mexico.

Last month, the Cuban president made a three-day trip to Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim sent him off in a show of his commitment to friendly ties with Cuba.

In a separate article, the KCNA said that Kim Yong-nam also visited Mexico to attend the presidential inauguration ceremony for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Earlier, the South Korean government said that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with Kim on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony in Mexico.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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