Foreign ministers of North Korea and Sweden have finally concluded three days of talks centred on the security situation of Koreas. The talks are said to have laid the groundwork for much speculated Trump-Kim meeting slated for the end of May.
Ri Yong Ho from North Korea had come to Stockholm and met Margot Wallstrom to find a peaceful solution to the Korean conflict and hold meaningful discussions about the potential and roadblocks to the diplomatic efforts. Sweden reiterated the compelling need for North Korea to move towards denuclearisation as per international commitments and UNSC Resolutions. Sweden was in close circuit with both US and South Korea before the meeting with North Korean officials took place.
Wallstrom is scheduled to meet her South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha over the Stockholm talks.
Both Sweden and North Korea have maintained diplomatic relations since 1973. Sweden is also one of the primary contributors of humanitarian aid to North Korea and it is an exceptional Western country with very close ties with North Korea. Sweden was a part of the Korean War as it was a participant of Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission and maintained armistice and also gave Swedish Red Cross Field Hospital to tackle the worsening humanitarian situation due to Korean War (1950-53).