North Korea's Kim 'taking stock' of Trump meet: SKorean official

N.Korea's stance on summit focus in Finland talks

N.Korea's stance on summit focus in Finland talks

At the time, both sides discussed Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea, and according to a transcript from Japan's Foreign Ministry, Kim Jong-il, the father of Kim Jong-un, promised to obey worldwide agreements related to nuclear weapons and freeze missile launches without any time limit. The US does not have a diplomatic presence in North Korea.

Choe Kang Il, deputy director for North American affairs at Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry, was seen at Beijing airport Sunday departing for Finland, where he is expected to hold talks with the former US ambassador to Seoul, Kathleen Stephens, multiple media reports said.

In his first State of the Union address in January, Trump condemned "the cruel dictatorship" in Pyongyang over its human rights record, including its treatment of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who died past year soon after his release from North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months' imprisonment.

Sweden is one of a handful of countries considered a possible venue for a meeting between Trump and Kim, if the proposed talks do go forward.

During the Vietnam visit, Moon is also expected to seek ASEAN support and cooperation ahead of the historic inter-Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month.

USA has 'very good' talks with Europeans on Iran ultimatum
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that "such replacements in the US establishment are not surprising". Tillerson, a former global business executive, was also more sensitive to the opinion of European allies than his boss.

In an interview broadcast Sunday by CBS News' Face the Nation, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha noted that Kim has "in effect" met a condition for talks by making a commitment "in clear terms" to denuclearization.

"But no current US or South Korean officials will be there", Yonhap quoted the source in Seoul as saying. The issue has prevented the two governments from normalizing diplomatic relations. DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. While five of the 17 were repatriated in 2002, Pyongyang maintains that eight have died and the other four never entered the country.

Chung told Trump that Kim had agreed to discuss denuclearization, and would suspend all missile and nuclear tests until the talks were held.

Koizumi was the first Japanese prime minister to visit North Korea.

South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a summit and that South Korean President Moon Jae In may meet Mr Trump before the United States president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader. -North Korea summit, though a truce village on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas is seen as more likely.

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