Moon, Trump in Lockstep before Engagements with N. Korea

18 March, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Dong Chul Kim was forced to confess to espionage after his arrest in October 2015.  Kim Kwan Yon  AP

Moon and Kim have agreed to hold their first meeting in late April at Peace House, a South Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom that straddles the two Koreas.

The state media has not commented on the summit meeting but the trip of North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho to Sweden is a significant development. -North Korea interactions, but stressed it was up to the countries concerned to decide "which way we are going".

Anchor: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call Friday night, Korea time, that concrete actions on the part of North Korea, not words, will be the key to achieving the permanent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump appeared to hint at withdrawing United States troops stationed in South Korea if Seoul failed to address its trade deficit with Washington.

Sweden is now a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

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"We have a very big trade with them, and we protect them", Mr Trump said in an audio recording obtained by the Washington Post.

"The aim of the visit is to contribute to the effective implementation of the resolutions" voted by the Security Council against Pyongyang over its nuclear programme, as well as those calling "for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict".

North Korea's foreign minister met Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Stockholm on Friday.

Swedish public broadcaster SVT reported, without citing sources, that Ri planned to stay in Sweden until Sunday.

"If we can use our contacts in the best way, we will do so", she said, noting the situation on the Korean peninsula was "of interest to us all" in terms of security.

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Sweden has maintained an embassy in Pyongyang since 1973.

Ivanka Trump sat down Thursday with South Korea's foreign minister for a meeting whose objective remains a mystery.

"We agreed that the inter-Korean summit in April and the U.S".

"We've made a decision to narrow down the agenda topics to denuclearising the Korean peninsula, securing permanent peace to ease military tension and new, bold ways to take inter-Korean relations forward", said Im, who is head of the preparation team.

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