Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Top officials scramble to make Trump-Kim summit a reality

Kim Jong-un Top officials scramble to make Trump-Kim summit a reality
Patty Aguilar | 19 March, 2018, 02:42

Ri and Wallstrom dined at the foreign ministry on Thursday evening, then met again yesterday at Villa Bonnier, a lavish building near the United States embassy used by the government for official functions.

She was speaking a day after North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho landed in Sweden for talks, prompting speculation the visit could lay the groundwork for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Swedish officials said their discussions would focus on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the mooted US-North Korea summit, the AFP news agency reports.

"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".

However, North Korea watchers should not be overly optimistic about the current tone.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing pictures of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Seoul.

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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.

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Swedish public broadcaster SVT reported, without citing sources, that Ri planned to stay in Sweden until Sunday.

During a joint press conference at the White House on March 6, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven offered his country's help in facilitating talks between the US and North Korea, highlighting his country's 45-year diplomatic presence in Pyongyang.

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

But no specific time or venue has been set and North Korea has yet to confirm it even made the offer to meet.

South Korea diplomats said North Korea has agreed to discuss "denuclearization" at the talks, planned for May, though the hermit kingdom has long demanded a removal of US troops in its southern neighbor in exchange.

"Both sides agreed that the announcement of a meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is an historic opportunity and that the global maximum pressure campaign is working and must remain in effect", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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