North Korean foreign minister arrives in Sweden

North Korean foreign minister arrives in Sweden

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom refused to say as she left the Stockholm villa where the meeting took place whether she and North Korea's Ri Yong Ho discussed a Trump-Kim meeting.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry says Ri Yong Ho will meet his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom during his rare trip overseas Thursday.

Wallström had talks with her North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, on Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Sweden has been cited as a potential location for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kono, who arrived in Washington on Thursday for a three-day visit, is also expected to seek the United States' cooperation in resolving North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

In the past, that has meant Washington would have to withdraw all of its troops from South Korea, a condition no USA president has been willing to consider.

Ri also held a brief meeting Friday with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

"We can be a channel or do whatever we can to see that the dialogue is smooth", he said, adding that "with that relation with North Korea, I believe that they trust us, We are a non-aligning country, and-on military, non-aligning country".

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The first meeting, Im said, confirmed the upcoming inter-Korean summit should become a turning point to resolve the Korean Peninsula issues.

Should the leaders of the two nations sit down, it would be the first time that a sitting US president has met with the leader of the reclusive Asian nation.

"If we can help and provide a forum for this and support this process, then this is something we should do".

The United States and North Korea have not signed a peace treaty concluding the 1950-53 Korean War.

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One country could be key in facilitating talks between the US and North Korea: Sweden.

The trip by Ri is being closely watched because a huge amount of preparation needs to be done before the summit.

The South Korean government said Friday it plans to hold a senior-level official meeting with North Korea this month in a bid to pave the way for the third inter-Korean summit to be held at the southern side of a cross-border village in April.

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