Kang leaves for U.S. to discuss upcoming summits

Lloyd Doyle
March 18, 2018

The Swedish foreign ministry said their talks with the North Korea nminister would "focus on Sweden's consular responsibilities as a protecting power for the United States, Canada and Australia", but would also address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim has yet to formally announce a shift in his nuclear-armed stance, as the USA reportedly scheduled the resumption of military drills on the Korean Peninsula and Trump suddenly removed Rex Tillerson in exchange for a more hardline CIA Director Mike Pompeo as head of the State Department. The embassy also represents US, Canadian and Australian diplomatic interests in North Korea, with Sweden playing a key role in liaising diplomatic talks.

Trump and Moon expressed cautious optimism over recent developments and emphasised that a brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the correct path, the readout of the call said.

At the same time, foreign ministers Kang Kyung-wha of South Korea and Taro Kono of Japan were in Washington for talks at an under-staffed US State Department, left in turmoil by Trump's abrupt and brutal Twitter-sacking of former secretary of state Rex Tillerson. The entire US, including major cities such as NY and Washington, D.C., are potentially within the range of the latest weapon.

"It is not even certain that North Korea wants to have a meeting". "We will not disclose what they talked about", Lofven's spokesman Jonatan Holst said.

In its statement, Sweden's foreign ministry noted that the U.N. Security Council had unanimously condemned North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programmes and demanded their "complete, verifiable and irrevocable elimination".

"It wasn't a bad attempt to draw Kim Jong Un into talks via the Olympics. but we still worked as a messenger for North Korea and I think that's become a diplomatic risk,"said Go Myong-Hyun of the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies".

It followed a year of heated rhetoric between North Korea and the United States, and growing global concern that the hostilities might escalate into military confrontation.

"We shouldn't be naive and believe it is Sweden that solves these problems", Mr Lofven added.

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.

The flurry of diplomatic activity comes after a year-long verbal spat between Kim Jong Un and Trump, with tensions exacerbated by multiple missile and nuclear tests by the North which has said it will forge on with its nuclear program to protect its regime.

He said he did not expect the announcement of a date or location for a Trump-Kim meeting.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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