Korean Top Diplomat's Sweden Talks Could Pave Way for Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea says Japan 'may not get a ticket for Pyongyang' if pressure policy continues

Sweden is ready to act as a facilitator to help resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

The ministry said it plans to release a statement on the talks after they are concluded.

He also, however, admitted there was significant difference of opinion on North Korea policy in the Trump administration, between those "who are more aggressive" and those who support diplomacy.

Sweden has longstanding ties with Pyongyang, and its embassy in North Korea was one of the first Western diplomatic missions there in the 1970s.

"It was a good and constructive atmosphere".

"We believe in dialogue and in a political process", Wallstrom told reporters. Ri has not made any public comment during a visit to Stockholm that started late Thursday.

Ri and Lofven met at the government headquarters in the Swedish capital.

"I think the goals are obvious", Yun said, explaining that there is likely "a ton of homework getting done as we speak". "It is up to the parties to decide which way we are going".

"We are hoping that if we can use our role and also our contacts, then we will put them to the best use".

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Ri was travelling with Choe Kang-il, deputy director general of the foreign ministry's North America section, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Foreign Minister Ri, who took his post in May 2016, is fluent in English and previously served as North Korean ambassador to London.

Global media have speculated that Sweden could either help set up a proposed summit or be a potential location if a tête-à-tête were to be confirmed.

Sweden is now a non-permanent member of the United Nations.

"The aim of the visit is to contribute to the effective implementation of the resolutions" voted by the Security Council against Pyongyang over its nuclear program, as well as those calling "for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict".

"The two leaders agreed that concrete actions, not words, will be the key to achieving permanent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said, "and President Trump reiterated his intention to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May".

"This meeting will hopefully lead to clarity about what North Korea wants from a high-level meeting and what the time-frame is and what the conditions will be - for example, should there be any preliminary meetings", a source with knowledge of the situation said. As the USA has no North Korean consulate, Sweden has previously stood in as its representative.

Harris accused Russian Federation of playing a "spoiler" role over North Korea and of seeking to "mess things up" when it came to sanctions and Trump's maximum pressure campaign, even though Moscow officially supported the sanctions.

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