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Kono, Pence in sync over measures against N. Korea

North Korean foreign minister to visit Sweden on Thursday What does North Korean minister's Sweden visit mean for world politics?
Ellis Copeland | 17 March, 2018, 21:17

TBS said Abe told Moon he wanted North Korea to not only suspend nuclear and missile testing, but also accept IAEA inspectors on its soil.

That means eight out of 10 assistant secretary posts at the U.S. State Department are now vacant, as are 91 other fairly senior jobs.

Lofven's office refused to discuss the details of his meeting with Ri, but there is wide speculation in the media that Sweden could either host the Trump-Kim summit or assist with setting it up elsewhere.

They pledged continued, close coordination to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime.

"Based on the lessons from the past [in which dialogues with North Korea did not lead to denuclearization], maximum pressure needs to be maintained", Kono was quoted as telling the USA vice president, adding that the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea should be taken up as an agenda item during the planned U.S.

Kono will also hold separate talks Friday with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during which Kono is expected to underscore South Korea's plan to push for a irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Kang held talks later on Friday with Sullivan, who is standing in after Trump fired Tillerson.

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This is normal for high commission to brief its foreign office. "We are looking into issues raised by their side", he said. Officials rejected allegations that Indian diplomatic staff were also facing hurdles and harassment in Pakistan.


At a news conference in Washington last week, Trump thanked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven for helping American detainees in North Korea and particularly in securing the release of USA student Otto Warmbier a year ago.

The tests were coupled by an escalating war of words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

He said he did not expect the announcement of a date or location for a Trump-Kim meeting. First and foremost, South Korea will propose holding high-level talks with North Korea over a planned summit meeting of their leaders, to the North.

The potential summit has raised hopes for a breakthrough on the North Korean nuclear issue. "He seeks respect and status that nuclear weapons gives him, and he seeks security, which he believes the nuclear weapons give him", Harris said.

The White House added that Moon and Trump expressed "cautious optimism" over the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and "emphasized that a brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the correct path".

Both The Washington Post and CNN obtained audio of a speech Donald Trump gave to a group of Missouri donors on Wednesday in which he criticized several countries, including Canada, about trade agreements several allies had with the U.S.

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