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What does North Korean minister's Sweden visit mean for world politics

What does North Korean minister's Sweden visit mean for world politics

They also reportedly agreed to cooperate on a possible meeting between the U.S. and North Korea to be held by May.

"They will also address the security situation on the Korean peninsula, which is high on the (UN) Security Council agenda", a ministry statement said.

South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a meeting regarding the denuclearization. -North Korea interactions, but stressed it was up to the countries concerned to decide "which way we are going".

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Friday met with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and sought the United States' cooperation in resolving North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. "So the key actors are obviously the two countries, South and North Korea, as well as the United States and other big countries ..." Sweden is now a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

"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.

"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 programme, as well as those calling "for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict".

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At a news conference in Washington last week, Trump thanked Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven for helping American detainees in North Korea and particularly in securing the release of USA student Otto Warmbier past year.

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

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

Ri's surprise trip to Stockholm has taken on added significance due to the expectation that a summit of Kim and Trump could defuse the tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program. In 1975 Sweden opened its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

In the USA, the South Korean minister also had plans to meet House Speaker Paul Ryan. "We agreed to work together to ensure they become a historic milestone for denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula".

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