Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced his desire to visit North Korea and meet with its leader, Kim Jong-un, the country’s media said.
According to the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the statement was made during the ceremony to deliver credentials to new diplomats from the North Korean embassy in Syria.
The newspaper notes that the Syrian president also expressed the certainty that “the reunification of the Koreas will be achieved.”
“The Syrian government will give full support to the policy and measures of the North Korean authorities and will broaden and deepen friendly relations with North Korea,” the paper quoted Assad as saying.
It is well established that the main criticism presented by the international community to Pyongyang is its nuclear tests. North Korea, for its part, is outraged by the joint exercises of the United States and its allies, including South Korea, near its borders.
Pyongyang recently announced that it would move towards denuclearization, which has led to a temporary improvement in the dialogue with Washington. Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un planned to meet to discuss the stabilization of bilateral relations. However, later, the US president announced that he discarded the summit with his North Korean counterpart.
Later on, information about resumption of preparations for the bilateral meeting emerged. On Friday, Trump again said that he had decided to attend the meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.
North Korea has been a staunch ally of Syria and its struggle to defeat imperialist-sponsored war against it. The US has been a key player in supporting terrorist groups such as ISIS and the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front. Both North Korea and Syria are resisting efforts by the US to change the leadership of these independent states to be open to US capitalism. The Kim dynasty have always had close relations with Ba’athist Syria.