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N Korean leader meets Cuban president in Pyongyang

AFP  |  Seoul 

North Korean leader Un met with visiting Cuban in and discussed "crucial issues of common concern" on the current international situation, the North's reported Monday.

The visit by comes amid stalled talks between North and the and only days after imposed fresh economic restrictions on

Washington's ties with were fully restored in 2015 after more than half a century of enmity, but have deteriorated since took office.

Communist is one of North Korea's few remaining allies.

"There was an in-depth exchange of views on the crucial issues of common concern ... on the international situation and a consensus of views on all issues was reached," said the official agency.

Diaz-Canel was greeted by Kim and his wife at the International Airport on Sunday, reported, where he was given a 21-gun salute and later attended a banquet and enjoyed a special welcoming concert with them.

Giving a toast at the banquet, Kim said his meeting with the Cuban leader "marked a watershed in demonstrating the will to carry forever the friendship between the two countries".

In response, Diaz-Canel said he was willing to "meet all challenges by the hostile forces" while carrying their "traditional friendly and cooperative relations", according to

Diaz-Canel took office in April in a historic transition of power on the island, succeeding Raul Castro, who took over from his elder brother Fidel, father of the 1959 revolution.

visited North in 1986 to meet founder-leader Kim Il-Sung, and held three days of official mourning when Castro died in November 2016.

North sent a delegation led by Choe Ryong-Hae, a senior aide to its leader Un, to for Castro's funeral.

in the past has flouted international sanctions imposed on over its nuclear weapons programme.

In 2013 seized a North Korean ship carrying an undeclared Cuban arms shipment of Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar.

insisted the weapons were being shipped for repair, prior to their return.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 10:15 IST