Kim Jong-un and Bashar al-Assad are believed to be exchanging letters
North Korea’s state media reported the pair have been exchanging correspondence – a development sure to set alarm bells ringing from Washington to Seoul.
And another article said Kim had been given “a gift” from a visiting Syrian dignitary.
The relationship appears to have blossomed in recent days due to a congratulatory message sent from Kim to Assad.
Today the Baath Arab Socialist Party and the Syrian people are reliably defending sovereignty
Kim’s letter, which was sent after the Syrian leader was re-elected as regional secretary, said: “Your re-election is an expression of invariable support and deep trust of the leadership of the Party and all its members.
“Today the Baath Arab Socialist Party and the Syrian people are reliably defending sovereignty, dignity and territorial integrity of the country under your correct leadership, foiling challenges and aggression moves of the hostile forces.
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A float in Cologne showing Kim Jong-un, Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin
“I take this opportunity to express full support and solidarity with the just struggle of your Party and people once again and heartily wish you greater successes in your responsible work.”
According to a North Korean newspaper, Assad sent a cordial reply this week.
The article said: “The president in the message expressed deep thanks to Kim Jong Un for sending kind congratulations on his re-election as regional secretary of the Baath Arab Socialist Party, and sincerely wished him good health and happiness and the friendly Korean people greater progress and development.
“The message highly appreciated that the Workers’ Party of Korea has supported the Baath Arab Socialist Party and, in particular, Kim Jong Un and the leadership of the friendly DPRK have paid attention to helping Syria overcome the present difficulties, and supported its stand to tide over the present crisis through national dialogue in a peaceful way, including the issues of achieving its territorial integrity, protecting the people’s interests and restoring the regional security and peace.”
North Korea have frequently threatened to reduce their enemies to ‘debris’ this year
It is not the first time Kim had made friends with hated world leaders after Express.co.uk revealed in July Zimbabwean despot Robert Mugabe sent Kim a bunch of flowers.
North Korea and Zimbabwe have a long history of political cooperation and personal affection between leaders – with Mugabe so enamoured by the hermit state’s way of life that he has even mimicked several aspects of the totalitarian state in his own country.
Mugabe even travelled to North Korea soon after rising to power in 1980 and returned a changed man, according to officials. Since then he has set about taking aspects of the three-generation Kim dynasty’s brutal rule and implementing it in Africa.
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Bashar al-Assad is believed to have sent a kind letter to Kim Jong-un
The year after becoming Prime Minister, for example, Mugabe drafted in a legion of ruthless North Korean military advisors to train his infamous Fifth Brigade. The 3,500 troops were subsequently responsible for the killing of at least 20,000 civilians.