Kim meets with Diaz-Canel for the second time during his visit to Pyongyang

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, met for the second time this Monday with the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as part of his visit to Pyongyang.

Kim received Diaz-Canel at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, according to the state news agency KCNA, where the North Korean Marshal has his office.

Both leaders discussed "the situations of the respective countries" and exchanged "frank and sincere opinions" on "the situation of the Korean peninsula and international relations," KCNA reported.

Díaz-Canel also met with the country's honorary president, Kim Yong-nam, on Monday, the day he also visited the Revolutionary School of Mangyondae.

As a final point to the second day of the Cuban president in North Korea, he and his wife, Lis Cuesta Peraza, dined with Kim Jong-un and the first North Korean lady, Ri Sol-ju, with whom they attended afterwards at Stadium 1 of May a massive gymnastics show, lavish and multitudinous display that glorifies the North Korean regime and its achievements.

During this trip of three days to Pyongyang the leaders have wanted to stage the proximity of both countries on the base of "the anti-imperialist independence and the socialism", as the North Korean propaganda has written.

As countries that in the middle of the last century laid the foundations of the state on communism, Korea of ​​the Note and Cuba have maintained good relations since they formally established them in 1960, a year after the triumph of the Castro revolution.

Although Nikita Khrushchev's de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union at that time - and which would eventually lead the North Korean regime to opt for a more militaristic path focused on the extreme worship of the leaders - distanced Pionyang from Havana, both countries have worked to keep good ties.

Fidel Castro once visited North Korea in 1986, the first and only occasion when he met with the country's founder, Kim Il-sung, and his son and successor, Kim Jong-il, grandfather and father of the current North Korean leader.

For his part, Diaz-Canel, already visited Pionyang as first vice president in 2015, a trip in which he also met with Kim Jong-un.

The Cuban president concludes his visit to North Korea today, from where he flies to China to participate in the International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Diaz-Canel will end his first international tour as president that began on November 1 and brought him first to Russia on November 12, after also stopping in Vietnam and Laos.


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