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Abe tells Moon of Japan's intention to talk with N. Korea

Abe tells Moon of Japan's intention to talk with N. Koreaā€¯

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

Niklas Swanstrom of the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy said the meeting between the two foreign ministers would only be preliminary to higher-level talks but they could give an indication of North Korea's interests and demands.

"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", Im, the head of South Korea's summit preparation team, told reporters.

Trump rattled the global community and his own administration last week when he quickly accepted North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's invitation to meet.

Some media have reported that Ri, who was stationed at North Korea's embassy in Stockholm from 1985 to 1988, will stay in the Scandinavian country until Sunday, though Swedish officials would not confirm this.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, second right, leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, March 16, 2018.

Sweden, whose embassy represents United States 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 United States in North Korea.

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Before a date or a venue for the summit can be set, North Korea will have to publicly confirm that it sent the invitation and intends to honor it, by attending a meeting to discuss giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Here's why the agreement to meet face to face with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un may be disastrous for the U.S. President Trump thinks he has Kim negotiating from a position of weakness because of sanctions, which is a severe miscalculation (Kim doesn't care and China and Russian Federation secretly fill the void).

The South Korean government said after the meeting that it agreed with the North to hold talks between Moon and Kim in late April, and that Pyongyang also voiced its readiness to hold denuclearization talks with the United States. The North has yet to make any official announcement about the planned summit.

A South Korean government official earlier dismissed chances for contact between the USA and North Korea in Sweden, saying that Ri's visit must be meant to strengthen ties with the European country.

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

"Abe explained to Moon that Japan is seeking a resolution to the abduction issue as well as the nuclear weapons and missile programs", an official in the Japanese prime minister's office said.

"We value this opportunity to arrange a meeting", she said without specifying to what she was referring.



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