The foreign ministers of Cuba and North Korea met yesterday to strengthen an alliance between their countries against what they referred to as the Trump administration's "unilateral and arbitrary demands."

The declaration comes against the backdrop of a Trump threat to deliver "total destruction" to North Korea.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spoke of the importance of respecting "peoples’ sovereignty, independence and free determination."

Cuba's move comes amidst growing North Korean isolation from the international community. In recent months, the republic's relationship with China, its biggest ally, has been on the wane.

Ironically, Cuba was also once at the centre of a major missile crisis. 

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