Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

North Korean foreign minister visits Sweden

Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

"So the key actors are obviously the two countries, South and North Korea, as well as the United States and other big countries ..."

Tokyo's insistence on including discussion of the abductions by North Korean agents could cause friction between Japan, South Korea and the United States if Seoul or Washington were willing to cut a denuclearization deal with Pyongyang separate from any abduction pact.

"If it is the case that the main players want Sweden to play a role, to facilitate, to be a forum or a link or whatever else, we are prepared to do that", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Sweden's TT news agency on Thursday.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom wouldn't say after the meeting at a Stockholm villa what was discussed or whether a Trump-Kim meeting was discussed.

Sullivan is standing in after President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Further Moon Jae-in on various occasions had called for re-approachment of six-nation denuclearisation, including South and North Korea, China, Japan, US, and Russian Federation. "They will also address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is high on the Security Council agenda". "With the trust we enjoy, we think we can play a role, but it has to be the main actors who decide which role Sweden will play".

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

"We'll see what happens next", Wallstrom said.

Ivanka Trump sat down Thursday with South Korea's foreign minister for a meeting whose goal remains a mystery. In 1975 Sweden opened its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kang and Sullivan reaffirmed that the two countries' alliance is "the lynchpin of stability and security in the region", particularly in light of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

According to South Korean press secretary Yoon Young-chan, President Moon Jae-in stressed that no concessions will be made on the aim of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula under any circumstances.

"We've chose to narrow down the agenda topics to denuclearising the Korean peninsula, securing permanent peace to ease military tension and new, bold ways to take inter-Korean relations forward", said Im, who is head of the preparation team.

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