Sweden: North Korea Discussions Ended


On Saturday, the foreign minister of North Korea and his Swedish counterpart concluded three days of talks that focused on establishing a peaceful solution to the nuclear stand-off on the Korean peninsula.

In a statement, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said: “The foreign ministers discussed opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict as well as bilateral relations.

“Sweden underlined the need for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear arms and missiles program in line with several Security Council resolutions.”

Last Thursday, Ri Yong Ho, the representative of North Korea arrived in Stockholm to participate in the discussions with Margot Wallstrom, his Swedish counterpart, amid a series of diplomatic activity that is concerning the reclusive country and its nuclear ambitions.

Minister Margot Wallstrom stopped short of disclosing whether the trip of Ri Yong Ho to Sweden had led to any developments concerning a possible meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

Wallstrom stated: “The main focus for the talks was the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.” The two met last Saturday at the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm as reporters waited for them outside in sub-zero temperatures.

Without elaborating, she added: “In addition, the humanitarian situation in North Korea was discussed, sanctions and regional cooperation and security issues for, for example, South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the United States.”