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Syrian President Bashar al Assad planning to meet Kim Jong-un in North Korea


If the claims are true, Assad will be the first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country.(Picture: TASS / Barcroft)

Syrian President Bashar al- Assad is reportedly planning to travel to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, according to North Korean media.

If the state-run KCNA news agency reports  are true, Assad will be the first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country.

However, there was no previous indication of the visit and Syria has yet to confirm the reports.

Assad reportedly said: ‘I am going to visit the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and meet Kim Jong-un.

‘The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of Kim Jong-un,’ KCNA cited Assad as saying during the meeting with North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong Nam on Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad planning to meet Kim Jong-un in North Korea

Since coming to power in 2011, Kim has not met another head of state in North Korea. (Picture: Getty)

The two nations have maintained warm ties for decades as they were both put under international sanctions; North Korea over its nuclear weapons and Syria over its civil war.

Suspicions over chemical weapons trade between Pyongyang and Damascus have been raised in the past by the UN and South Korea.

The UN accused North Korea of co-operating with Syria on their chemical weapon program, a claim which Pyongyang denies.

There were also widespread reports that North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear plant that was destroyed by Israeli bombing in 2007.

A leaked UN report showed that over a five-year-period North Korea sent 40 items to Syria for ballistic missile development and in 2017 Pyongyang made £150 million by violating international sanctions and supplying equipment to Syria.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9698959aa) US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after meeting with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, on the South Lawn of the White House Former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol visit to Washington DC, USA - 01 Jun 2018

US President Donald Trump has confirmed the US summit with North Korea is back on (Picture: Rex)

The announcement came as anticipation mounts for a historic nuclear summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, following a whirlwind round of diplomacy.

Since coming to power in 2011, Kim has not met another head of state in North Korea.

He only made his first overseas trip as leader this year, travelling to China to meet President Xi Jinping, an ally of the reclusive regime.

Source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/06/03/syrian-president-bashar-al-assad-planning-to-meet-kim-jong-un-in-north-korea-7601499

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