US And North Korean Representatives Set To Meet In Finland

US And North Korean Representatives Set To Meet In Finland

The South Korean media outlet MBC is reporting that the US and North Korea have "practically sealed the deal on the release" of Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Dong Chul via diplomatic back channels, but CNN reports that Sweden is speaking with Pyongyang on America's behalf.

U.S. President Donald Trump's immediate willingness to meet Kim Jong Un for nuclear talks likely caught the North Korean leader by surprise, forcing him to consider his position before responding publicly, the South Korean foreign minister said. Then again, North Korea has shown a history of being slow to report on USA event, taking over a week to comment on Trump's election win in 2016.

Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters on Monday that National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong held the three-way meeting with his US and Japanese counterparts Herbert McMaster and Shotaro Yachi in San Francisco over the weekend.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho just wrapped up a three-day visit to Sweden, which acts as an intermediary for the USA with North Korea, with which the US has no formal diplomatic relations.

They also discussed the possible meeting between Trump and Kim, it said.

"I think we were all quite surprised by the readiness of that decision", Mr Kang said.

US And North Korean Representatives Set To Meet In Finland

Diplomatic sources in Seoul say Choe is set to hold a "1.5-track meeting" with South Korean security experts and former American diplomats including Kathleen Stephens who served as a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 2008 to 2011.

In the wake of the Stockholm talks, Wallstrom will meet her South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha-who was in Washington this week for talks on North Korea and trade- in Brussels on Monday.

Choe, who was included in North Korea's high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, has represented Pyongyang on nuclear weapons and relations with the U.S.at global conferences and in western media.

In this file photo taken Tuesday, May 10, 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade participants at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Mr Trump accepted on the spot, catching his own top advisers off guard.

He said Kim had "given his word" on his commitment to denuclearisation, a key condition for the unprecedented leader-to-leader talks. It's a matter of discussing, and pressing for action.

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