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North Korean delegation back from paying respects to Castro

Choe Ryong Hae, center left, a vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party, shakes hands with Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song, center right, as a delegation arrives at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. The delegation of North Korean officials headed by one of Kim Jong Un's chief lieutenants returned to Pyongyang on Friday after visiting Cuba to pay respects to Fidel Castro, whom North Korea has called a "great comrade." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Choe Ryong Hae, center left, a vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party, shakes hands with Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song, center right, as a delegation arrives at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. The delegation of North Korean officials headed by one of Kim Jong Un's chief lieutenants returned to Pyongyang on Friday after visiting Cuba to pay respects to Fidel Castro, whom North Korea has called a "great comrade." (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)  (The Associated Press)

A delegation of North Korean officials headed by one of Kim Jong Un's chief lieutenants has returned to Pyongyang after visiting Cuba to pay respects to "great comrade" Fidel Castro.

The delegation, led by Choe Ryong Hae, also took the opportunity to do some rare diplomatic spadework with South American leaders.

According to the North's state-run media, Choe met with the presidents of Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua while in Havana.

North Korea has made a point out of showing its solidarity with Cuba since Castro's death, going so far as to declare a three-day mourning period in his honor.