North Korea’s foreign minister says his country and Syria face the same “enemy” and called for increased cooperation between them.
Ri Yong Ho apparently referred to the United States in his remarks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad during a meeting in Damascus on Tuesday.
This is while, the US President Donald Trump administration still remains far from reaching a solid deal with Pyongyang over its nuclear arsenal.
Assad responded on Tuesday by identifying the US as a hostile country to Syria and North Korea.
The Korean minister went on to congratulate Syria on recent victories against armed groups, saying military and political successes will make for a “solid base” for reconstruction.
Washington has an estimated 2,000 troops stationed in eastern Syria in an effort to destabilize the nation by laying the ground work for regime change.
Trump met with Kim in June in what was the first-ever summit between the two countries, praising the North Korean leader for taking positive steps toward denuclearization.
Observers describe as mixed signals between North Korea and the US with some analysts doubting true changes in the two countries’ positions beyond rhetoric.