Sweden hosts North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho amid speculation

Pauline Gross
March 19, 2018

Sweden, which is not a member of the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, has been mentioned as a potential location for a possible face-to-face meeting between Trump and Kim.

"The assumption is of course that (they) will speak a bit about the proposed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un", Swanstrom told The Associated Press.

The White House said the 2 leaders affirmed the importance of learning from mistakes made in the past. North Korea's state media has yet to comment on the pending summit.

Im added Moon may meet Trump after the inter-Korean summit but before Trump's planned summit with Kim in May. North Korea only negotiates from strength, now with nuclear bombs and rockets that can hit the U.S.

At a news conference in Washington last week, Trump thanked Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven for helping American detainees in North Korea and particularly in securing the release of USA student Otto Warmbier previous year.

On Friday, Ri also visited the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute for an off-the-record meeting on the situation in the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia. He stated that South Korea's position is that the country can not make concessions on this matter, under any circumstances or conditions.

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Ri's delegation included Choe Kang Il, deputy director general of the foreign ministry's North America section. But we are not naïve and think that we can resolve all the problems of the world.

"But it has to be the main actors who decide which role Sweden will play".

The BBC describes the agenda for Ri's surprise visit to Sweden as "broadening" to include "confidence-building measures with the USA, including the release of US citizens from North Korean detention".

"We'll see what happens next", Wallstrom said. The discussion is apparently going well enough for Ri to extend his stay for a few days.

North Korea, however, has not officially confirmed the meeting and no specific time or venue has been set.

Kim has also pledged to suspend missile and nuclear activities during the period of dialogue with Washington, according to the South Korean government.

On Tuesday, Tillerson, who had served as Secretary of State since December 2016, was ousted from the White House and replaced by former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo after clashing with Trump over a number of policies, including the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Accord, and the possibility that Russian Federation meddled in the USA presidential election.

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