North Korea Commands 3-Day Mourning Period for Fidel Castro

TOPSHOT - A guard reads a newspaper article announcing the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, at a subway station in Pyongyang on November 28, 2016. / AFP / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Editor’s note: Missing from this wire — the word “communism.” That political ideology, responsible for the murder of tens of millions worldwide, is what bound Cuba and North Korea together as allies.

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is observing a three-day period of mourning for Fidel Castro, seen by the North as a rare comrade-in-arms against the common enemy of the United States.

State media reported Monday that the North has ordered flags outside official buildings be flown at half-staff to honor Castro. The iconic Cuban leader died Friday at age 90.

Reports from Pyongyang said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a wreath to the Cuban Embassy and that a delegation of senior North Korean officials has left for Havana to attend Castro’s memorial services.

According to a Japanese agency that monitors North Korean media, Castro is the first foreign political figure to be honored in such a manner since Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004.

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