North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will arrive in Stockholm early on Thursday evening

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. "They will also address the security situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is high on the Security Council agenda".

"They're going to put on a big show they are a powerful country and all that, but the fact is they are a country that is starving and we need to realize that when we got to peace talks with them", he said.

Moon is a long-standing advocate of engagement with the North.

However, he also estimated convenient that Moon informs president of the U.S., Donald Trump, on his meeting with Kim before they both seat down to talk in May.

On Tuesday, Tillerson, who had served as Secretary of State since December 2016, was ousted from the White House and replaced by former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo after clashing with Trump over a number of policies, including the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Accord, and the possibility that Russian Federation meddled in the US presidential election.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho landed at Stockholm Arlanda Airport on a direct flight from Beijing and spent several hours at the Swedish Foreign Ministry before returning to the North Korean Embassy.

His arrival in the Swedish capital is the first significant diplomatic move by Pyongyang since President Donald Trump said a week ago he would be willing to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Moon plans to meet Kim by the end of April.

North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon
North Korea must agree to nuclear inspections, Abe tells Moon

Sweden is one of a handful of places analysts believe could host the meeting, along with Switzerland, the neutral nation where Kim went to school; the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea; and China, which has diplomatic relations with the United States and North Korea and has hosted Kim's father, the late Kim Jong Il.

Ri arrived at the Swedish Foreign Ministry on Thursday night, reports CNN.

Kim has also pledged to suspend missile and nuclear activities during the period of dialogue with Washington, according to the South Korean government.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters before leaving for the USA that she will do her best to prevent any possible disruptions in communication between the allies, a concern that has been spawned by President Donald Trump's recent firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"The Swedes have this long-established presence in North Korea, so since the 1990s, they've particularly looked after U.S. interests", Hoare told CNN.

"The aim of the visit is to contribute to the effective implementation of the resolutions" voted by the Security Council against Pyongyang over its nuclear program, as well as those calling "for intensified diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict".

Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi is also due to visit South Korea this month to discuss North Korea-related matters. Observers say he is expected to discuss the planned US-North Korean summit with his Swedish counterpart.

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