Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

We have right now 32,000 soldiers on the border between North and South Korea. "They will also address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is high on the Security Council agenda".

It is one of the few western states with a diplomatic channel to the North Korean leadership and may be able to smooth out obstacles in the path of a summit meeting. "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".

"Even when US President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-in and settle all the problems, US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed as it had backed down", he said in an interview with the Vietnamese and Japanese media ahead of his visits to these countries.

Wallstrom earlier said Sweden hopes "we can use our role and also our contacts" to facilitate U.S.

Before meeting Lofven, the North Korean foreign minister met Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom.

In a joint press conference with Lofven on March 6 at the White House, Trump thanked Sweden for helping with the issue of Americans detained in North Korea, especially for its role in the release of Otto Warmbier, the imprisoned US student who died shortly after his release from North Korea past year.


President Trump stunned the political world last week when he said he would accept an invitation to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

"We have to find a dialogue", Lofven said. In 1975 Sweden opened its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

Sweden acts as diplomatic representative in North Korea for the United States, which has no embassy there, and has helped with the release of USA citizens held by the reclusive state.

Meanwhile, South Korea will seek to send its art troupe and demonstration team of Taekwondo, a traditional Korean martial art, to Pyongyang in early April as agreed upon.

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.

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