A North Korean delegation met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to improve relations recently, just days before the presidential elections. Assad stressed that the relations between the two countries “stem from the common destiny of their peoples.” The Official North Korean and Syrian news agencies, KCNA and SANA respectively, signed a cooperation agreement; both sides pledged “quality control” to match each other’s professional standards.
In my Patrick Seale Obituary, I had sought to interview more Syria experts, among whom is Joshua Landis, one of the leading sources of analysis. Unfortunately, and due to the time difference, my deadline passed, I missed the opportunity to quote him in my piece. Nevertheless, he sent me his interesting comments and I thought they should be published: