North Korean minister to meet again with Swedish counterpart

Sweden says happy to help on N.Korea, amid summit speculation

"We'll see what happens next", Wallstrom told reporters after Friday's talks.

Niklas Swanstrom of the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy said the meeting between the two foreign ministers would only be preliminary to higher-level talks but they could give an indication of North Korea's interests and demands.

The comment by Abe, who has also been calling for strong global pressure to make North Korea give up its nuclear and missile development, apparently reflects Tokyo's wariness that it might be left behind as the United States and South Korea are shifting toward direct talks with the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

Even amid North Korea tensions, Trump has repeatedly denounced a United States free trade deal with ally South Korea as "unfair" and threatened many times to scrap it.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, second right, leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, March 16, 2018.

Sweden is among a number of countries touted as a possible venue for what would be a historic meeting between Trump and Kim, who have engaged in bellicose mudslinging over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The phone talks between Abe and Moon took place days after Suh Hoon, the director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service who met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang this month, visited Tokyo to brief Abe on the meeting. Its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang, which opened in 1975, was the first Western embassy established in the country.

"The main focus for the talks was the security situation on the Korean Peninsula", Wallstrom said. So far, North Korea has yet to publicly comment on what it hopes to gain from the summits, adding an extra element of mystery and skepticism.

"If the key actors want Sweden to play a role, facilitate (talks), be a forum or a link or whatever it may be, then we are prepared to do that", Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Sweden's TT news agency earlier Thursday.

Worldwide media have speculated that Sweden could either help set up a proposed summit or be a potential location if a tete-a-tete were to be confirmed.

"Abe explained to Moon that Japan is seeking a resolution to the abduction issue as well as the nuclear weapons and missile programs", an official in the Japanese prime minister's office said.

She said that "we value this opportunity to arrange a meeting", although she did not specify what she meant.

Signs of easing tension with North Korea began during the Winter Olympics last month, when the North sent a high-level delegation to the South for the Games, after more than a year of rising alarm over the North's nuclear weapon and missile tests.

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