Kim Kyok Sik Meets Raul Castro and Cuban Defense Minister

2 Jul
Cuban President Raúl Castro (L) shakes hands with Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (R), Chief of the KPA General Staff, in Havana on 1 July 2013 (Photo: Prensa Latina).

Cuban President Raúl Castro (L) shakes hands with Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (R), Chief of the KPA General Staff, in Havana on 1 July 2013 (Photo: Prensa Latina).

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik, Chief of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff,  met with Cuban President Raúl Castro in Havana on 1 July (Monday).  According to Cuban state television, Raúl welcomed Gen. Kim and a KPA delegation’s visit to Cuba and “both leaders talked about the historic ties between their countries, and expressed the common will to continue the relations.”  Also in attendance at the meeting were DPRK Ambassador to Cuba Jon Yong Jin and Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces [FAR], Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frías.

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (R) greets Gen.  Leopoldo Cintra Frías, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Havana on 30 June 2013 (Photo: FAR/PRLNA).

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik (R) greets Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frías, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Havana on 30 June 2013 (Photo: FAR/PRLNA).

On 30 June (Sunday), Kim Kyok Sik held a meeting with Leopoldo Cintra Frías.  The meeting was attended by Jon Yong Jin along with the DPRK’s resident defense attache at its Havana embassy and “other officials concerned.”  During the meeting, according to Cuban media, Kim “hailed the brotherhood ties between his country and Cuba.”  Gen. Kim  also said “I have seen how the Cuban people fights for socialism and I am convinced that our friendship relations will continue” and he remarked that during his stay on the island he had “seen the successes of the country in defense of socialism against the aggressions of the United States.”  According to KCNA, “both sides informed the situation of their countries and exchanged views on boosting the friendly relations between the two armies and peoples of the two countries” and the meeting “proceeded in a comradely and friendly atmosphere.”  Over the weekend, Gen. Kim and the KPA delegation visited FAR military units and military academies.

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik tours the Grand Rescue Tank Unit where expressed respect and admiration for the FAR (Photo: Yaíma García Vizcaíno).

Gen. Kim Kyok Sik tours the Grand Rescue Tank Unit where he expressed respect and admiration for the FAR (Photo: Yaíma García Vizcaíno).

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  1. Nicht nur brauner Zucker: Die Entdeckung eines Schiffs mit Raketenteilen wirft neues Licht auf die Kubanisch-Nordkoreanischen Beziehungen | Nordkorea-Info - 07/16/2013

    […] ja in Nordkorea fast jeder Militär) Generalstabschef Kim Kyok-sik Kuba und traf dort unter anderem mit Staatspräsident Raúl Castro zusammen. Im Rahmen einer solch hochrangigen Reise dürfte man vermutlich auch, zumindest am Rande, über […]

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