Washington, Apr 30 (GCCurrentAffairs) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom during a meeting discussed the situation in North Korea, among other issues, US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a readout.
Earlier this month, North Korean’s state-run KCNA news agency reported that the country’s leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a test fire of the country’s new tactical guided weapon.
“They [Pompeo and Wallstrom] discussed a range of bilateral and global issues, including preparations for the May 6-7 Arctic Council Ministerial in Rovaniemi, Finland; developments in North Korea; and the situation in Venezuela,” Ortagus said after the meeting on Monday.
Pompeo also expressed appreciation for Sweden’s services as the protecting power of the United States in North Korea. Since the United States has no embassy or diplomatic relations with North Korea, Sweden plays a formal role in facilitating negotiations between the two countries.
In February, talks between Kim and Trump in Hanoi fell apart when the US president rejected a proposal by Pyongyang to fully denuclearize but after sanctions were lifted. During talks in Singapore last June the parties reached agreement stipulating that North Korea would make efforts to promote complete denuclearization of the peninsula in exchange for US-South Korean military drills’ freeze and a potential removal of US sanctions.