Thursday 19 April 2018

North Korean minister’s surprise Sweden visit fuels speculation over Trump talks

Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho landed at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on a direct flight from Beijing on Thursday.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and his delegation arrive at the North Korean embassy in Stockholm, Sweden (Vilhelm Stokstad/TT via AP)
North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho and his delegation arrive at the North Korean embassy in Stockholm, Sweden (Vilhelm Stokstad/TT via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

North Korea’s foreign minister is expected to meet with his Swedish counterpart for a second day on Friday after making a surprise trip to Stockholm.

The visit has fuelled speculation about a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho landed at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on a direct flight from Beijing on Thursday and spent several hours at the Swedish foreign ministry before returning to the North Korean embassy.

The Swedish foreign ministry has said talks “will focus on Sweden’s consular responsibilities as a protecting power for the United States, Canada and Australia”, but also will address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.

It added that a statement summarising the talks will be made available on Friday after Mr Ri’s talks with foreign minister Margot Wallstrom.

Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973 and is one of the few Western countries with an embassy in Pyongyang.

It provides consular services for the United States in North Korea.

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