N. Korea mourns Castro: A distant 'comrade'

North Koreans learn of the death of Fidel Castro as flags flew at half-mast across Pyongyang as a mark of respect for the Cuban revolutionary iconNorth Korea began three days of official mourning on Monday for late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, remembering him as a “close friend” and heroic ally in a joint struggle against US aggression. Alongside a picture framed with a black border and showing a head-and-shoulder shot of a bearded Castro in full military dress, the obit recalled his visit to North Korea in 1986 when he met founder-leader Kim Il-Sung. Kim Hong-Chol, 76, a retired literary researcher in Pyongyang, said he clearly remembered Kim’s visit.

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