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North Korea foreign minister meets Swedish PM

North Korea foreign minister meets Swedish PM”

"What I hope comes out of the summit is that President Trump and Kim Jong Un paint a broad brush of the framework of where we need to go, agree on some principles and agree to kick off a process", said Yun.

Officials of the two Koreas will discuss key agenda topics and other matters related to the pending summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim, Moon's presidential chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, told a media briefing.

As North Korea promised to commit to denuclearization, Trump also agreed to meet with Kim in May, which will become the first official meeting between leaders of the two nations.

The US has made it clear that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would happen only if Pyongyang sticks to the promises over its missiles and nuclear programme.

Swedish Prime Minister had said that Stockholm is ready to facilitate potential talks between the United States and North Korea.

"Our task is to produce both an inter-Korean summit and a US-North Korea summit".

Yun acknowledged the North Koreans have wanted a meeting with Trump for some time, but said a lack of agreement within the Trump administration on how aggressively to handle the North Korean nuclear threat prevented talks from happening sooner.

"The experts have been trying to solve North Korea for 20 years and it's only gotten worse, so if the smart people can't do it, why not try Trump?"

"For this, we decided to make preparations with a focus on agenda items for bringing permanent peace, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dramatic reduction of military tensions, and for making fresh, bold progress in inter-Korean relations", he said. Further provocation gains Kim nothing.

However, 64.1 percent of respondents said they did not trust North Korea's sincerity in denuclearisation and having a dialogue.

He said he thinks the U.S. has to go into the summit with eyes wide open to see if it will pave the way for denuclearization.

In Beijing on Monday, South Korea's national security director, Chung Eui-yong, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and praised his role in contributing to the recent positive changes on the Korean Peninsula.

However, such a summit would ease any concerns Japan might now have that it is being left behind in dealing with North Korea, if talks between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington continue without Tokyo's involvement.

The isolated state has always maintained it will continue to develop its nuclear weapons as a deterrent against USA aggression but, according to South Korea, it later said it was open to abandoning the programme if the security of its regime was guaranteed. Its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang, which opened in 1975, was the first Western embassy established in the country.

But according to a senior official in Seoul's presidential office, Kim told a visiting South Korean envoy last week that he would "understand" if the drills went ahead.

After Kim Jong Un initiated an apparent policy U-turn since his New Year's day speech, North Korea looked to be willing to fix relations with both South Korea and the United States.

Moon now has his wish granted as he prepares for a meeting in late April with Kim and basks in the worldwide glow of having engineered another upcoming summit - previously thought wildly unlikely - between the American and North Korean leaders.



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