North Korean foreign minister in Sweden amid speculation

North Korea's foreign minister to visit Sweden today

North Korea's foreign minister on Thursday flew into Beijing en route to Stockholm for talks which could play a role in setting up a proposed summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Both country's leaders repeatedly traded insults, while the USA also announced new sanctions on North Korea and Pyongyang claimed a successful missile test.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed during a routine briefing that he was on his way to Sweden.

The delegation paid courtesy calls to chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly Ri Su Yong and minister Ri Yong Ho, as well as holding talks with vice foreign minister Han Song Ryol.

The two foreign ministers will discuss Sweden's diplomatic representation of the United States, Canada and Australia, which lack diplomatic presence in North Korea, and the security situation on the Korean peninsula, Sweden's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Sweden has been rumoured as a possible site for the summit between the two men, although a truce village on the South Korean side of the Demilitarised Zone between the Koreas is seen as more likely.

But diplomatic sources have signaled enough confidence in South Korea's words and actions that most of the parties are pressing ahead.

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"We have always said we want to be a mediator that facilitates this process", he said Friday.

"We shouldn't be naive and believe it is Sweden that solves these problems", Lofven added.

The US State Department said it was aware of the meeting in Stockholm, but that Washington would not be taking part.

Sweden's embassy in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, represents U.S., Canadian and Australian interests and provides consular services in the country.

Trump has agreed to meet Kim by May.

Lofven, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, did not answer directly whether his country had US support to organize talks with North Korea. So far, North Korea has yet to comment publicly on what it hopes to gain from the talks. She said that "we value this opportunity to arrange a meeting", though she didn't specify what she meant.

The ministry referred to the U.N. Security Council's condemnation of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs, saying the United Nations "emphasized the need for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict". He left just a few weeks after Trump's pick for ambassador to South Korea withdrew from consideration for the office over disagreements with the White House's policies.

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