STOCKHOLM (AP) — North Korea’s foreign minister is visiting Sweden, a move that can be seen as a first step toward the Scandinavian country hosting a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived at Stockholm’s international Arlanda airport Thursday afternoon on a direct flight from Beijing,
Ri is set to meet Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom later Thursday or on Friday.
The ministry said talks “will focus on Sweden’s consular responsibilities as a protecting power for the United States, Canada and Australia,” but also will also address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.”
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 U.S. in North Korea.
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the Swedes were ready to help if “key actors want Sweden to play a role, facilitate [talks], be a forum or a link or whatever it may be.