The meeting would be the first time an American president participated in direct talks with the leader of North Korea.
There, it provides diplomatic services for not only Swedes, but also U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens. At the conclusion of the talks, Sweden's foreign ministry released a statement saying Wallstrom emphasized to the North Korean official "the need for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear arms and missiles program in line with several [U.N.] Security Council resolutions". North Korean officials and former USA officials and experts have often held such talks, known as "Track-2". "The plans set for after the South-North summit can only be smoothly carried out if North Korea specifically promises to give up its nuclear arsenal". -North Korea summit in May, Yonhap reported.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said Sunday the Stockholm talks had discussed "bilateral relations and other issues of mutual concern", without providing further detail.
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The top national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met at the weekend to discuss North Korea and the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Monday (Mar 19). The New York Times reported earlier this month that a possible location is a conference building in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
The embassy today represents U.S., Canadian and Australian diplomatic interests, giving Sweden a key liaison role and facilitating the talks in Stockholm between Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom and her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho. "North Korean summit" when he meets with the North Korean leader in April. So far, North Korea has yet to comment publicly on what it hopes to gain from the talks.
US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks to the press with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha prior to talks at the State Department.
In the past, that has meant Washington would have to withdraw all of its troops from South Korea, a condition no US president has been willing to consider.