November 18
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North Korea’s foreign minister will arrive in Cuba, seeking assistance amid unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The Cuban foreign ministry said Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho would meet with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez, Reuters reported. 

Cuba and North Korea have maintained warm political relations since 1960, despite Havana stands against nuclear weapons.

The visit provides an opportunity for North Korea to demonstrate, just 90 miles from the United States, that it is not completely isolated, and for Cuba that it will not break down under U.S. pressure.

At the same time, diplomats said Cuba was one of the few countries that might be able to convince North Korea to move away from the current confrontation with the United States.

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