Top officials scramble to make Trump-Kim summit a reality
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Mar 19, 2018,
Mar 19, 2018, 12:21
"We will not disclose what they talked about", Lofven's spokesman Jonatan Holst said.
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 building is close to the embassies of South Korea and the US.
Mr Lofven, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, did not answer directly whether his country had U.S. support to organise talks with North Korea.
South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that South Korean President Moon Jae-in may meet Donald Trump before the United States president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.
Sweden, whose embassy represents USA interests in the North Korean capital, has been touted as a possible venue for the momentous summit between Kim and Trump, and the visit will fuel speculation that a Stockholm encounter is in the cards. It provides consular services for the USA in North Korea. He noted that the summit will follow a meeting between South Korean and North Korean leaders in late April.
Mr Im added that Mr Moon may meet Mr Trump after the inter-Korean summit, but before Mr Trump's planned summit with Mr Kim in May.
Abe spoke with Moon by telephone, the first time the two have talked directly since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973 and is one of few Western countries with an embassy in Pyongyang.
"The main focus for the talks was the security situation on the Korean Peninsula", Wallstrom said. The North has yet to make any official announcement about the planned summit.
Ms Wallstrom earlier said Sweden is hoping to "use our role and also our contacts", but stressed that it is up to the countries concerned to decide "which way we are going".
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.
The ministry referred to the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs, saying the U.N.
Some reports have suggested that Japan is less optimistic than its allies in Seoul and Washington that the talks are a good idea, but U.S. officials said talks with Kono at the State Department had gone well.
After months of tension and warmongering over Pyongyang's nuclear programme, Trump has agreed to a summit proposal relayed by South Korean envoys who met Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.