HAVANA TIMES – Venezuela on Wednesday opened an embassy in North Korea, Venezuela’s national news agency AVN said.
At the opening ceremony, Venezuela’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ruben Dario Molina criticized US “attacks” against the governments in Caracas and Pyongyang.
Molina’s North Korean counterpart Pak Myung Guk said Venezuela could count on his country’s support in the fight against “imperialism.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government is seeking to boost ties with its remaining allies following a protracted power struggle between him and opposition leader Juan Guaido, during which dozens of countries have sided with Guaido.
Venezuela already had diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, but no embassy there. North Korea opened an embassy in Caracas in 2015.
Guaido declared himself interim president in January, arguing that Maduro’s victory in last year’s elections was fraudulent.
Maduro has presided over an economic collapse which has sent millions of Venezuelans fleeing to neighboring countries.