The President of the Supreme People's Assembly (Parliament) of North Korea, Kim Yong-nam, arrived today in Venezuela at the first stop of a South American tour in which he will also visit the countries of Cuba and Mexico.
The communist leader was received by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and by the second vice president of the Chavista Constituent Assembly, Gladys Requena, at the Maiquetía International Airport, the main terminal of the country that serves Caracas.
According to a press release from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Kim Yong-nam's visit has "the objective of strengthening ties of mutual cooperation in economic and trade issues, as well as strengthening diplomatic relations" between Venezuela and North Korea.
It is the first visit of the also exjefe of external North Korean to the Caribbean country.
Venezuela and North Korea started diplomatic relations in 1965, but the bilateral exchange in all areas is not significant.
In March of this year, North Korea expressed its "support and solidarity" to the Government of Nicolás Maduro and in September Arreaza himself began a deepening of relations when he met in New York with his par Ri Yong Ho, in the framework of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization.
Kim Yong-nam's agenda has not been made official or he will meet with Maduro before moving on to Cuba and Mexico.