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  • North Korean flags fly at half-mast Monday, mourning the death of Fidel Castro.

    North Korean flags fly at half-mast Monday, mourning the death of Fidel Castro. | Photo: AFP

Published 29 November 2016
Opinion

Both countries joined forces against U.S. imperialism and anti-communist attacks.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is observing a three-day mourning to honor late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at 90 years old.

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Fidel "made distinguished contributions to accomplishing the cause of independence against imperialism," DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un said in a message posted by the country's official news agency.

He "established the socialist system where the people became the genuine masters for the first time in the Western Hemisphere."

Authorities kept flags at half mast as a tribute to the leader, who inspired the anti-imperialist struggle of the socialist country during the Cuban Revolution and was awarded as a national hero for “fighting in the outposts of the anti-U.S., anti-imperialist struggle.”

One station of the capital's subway displayed an obituary tribute to Fidel published by the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, recalling Fidel's visit to the DPRK in 1986.

This tribute to a foreign political figure was reportedly the first since the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.

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