South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

South Korea aims for high-level talks about talks with North

Some Swedish and foreign media have said that Ri - who was stationed at North Korea's embassy in Stockholm in 1985-1988 - will stay in the Scandinavian country until Sunday for other talks, though Swedish officials would not confirm those reports.

The preparation committee will ask for the talks to be held some time in late March, Im Jong-seok told a media briefing, where officials of the two sides will discuss key agenda topics.

Last week, President Donald Trump said he would meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un for talks, potentially becoming the first USA president to do so.

"We'll see what happens next", Ms Wallstrom said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said Moon pledged in the call with Trump to cooperate closely with Washington on summit diplomacy.

The summit was also discussed Friday in Washington by the top diplomats from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono met separately with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who is serving as Acting Secretary of State after Rex Tillerson was sacked by the president earlier this week.

Im added Moon may meet Trump after the inter-Korean summit but before Trump's planned summit with Kim in May. It did not mention engagement with the United States.

While he says he welcomes the dialogue with North Korea, he's adamant the pariah nation must take real steps toward giving up its nukes.

But the meeting was charged with extra significance after last week's stunning announcement that Mr Trump would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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But no specific time or venue has been set and North Korea has yet to confirm it even made the offer to meet.

The push for the two summits came after the North Korean leader said in a New Year's address that he wanted to improve relations with the South following a year of heightened tension. The talks were to continue on Friday. He also held a brief meeting earlier on Friday with Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven.

The administration "fully expects" the meeting will take place, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters this week, provided Pyongyang does not waver from the conditions it attached to talks. It was not known whether the two Asian ministers would meet Pompeo.

Sweden has long-standing ties with North Korea.

The Japanese and South Korean ministers were expected to meet in Washington on Saturday.

Sweden acts as diplomatic representative in North Korea for the United States, which has no embassy there, and has helped with the release of US citizens held by the reclusive state. Preparations for the Trump-Kim summit, which was announced out of the blue last week, were always going to be tricky.

The agenda of the talks was broadened, the report said.

The reactor could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, but North Korea is believed to already have enough fissile material for multiple nuclear bombs, according to Joshua Pollack, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

An official at South Korea's defense ministry said authorities were aware of the Jane's report, which follows a similar one on the 38 North website this month that said a nearby reactor had also continued to show signs of operation.

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