US, N.Korean representatives to meet in Finland unofficially

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Neither side provided further details.

In the wake of the Stockholm talks, Wallstrom will meet her South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, who was in Washington this week for talks on North Korea and trade, in Brussels on Monday, Wallstrom's spokesman said. His response triggered a race to set a credible agenda for what would be historic talks between the two leaders.

In a phone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last Friday, Moon was said to have agreed with Abe that a trilateral summit should be held at the earliest possible date, and that Moon ought to personally visit Japan soon, according to the Blue House.

The US State Department confirmed that no USA government officials participated in the talks this week in Stockholm.

Admiral Harry Harris told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee he believed the United States would stick to its demand for the "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula. In the past, Pyongyang has used detained Americans as leverage to force the U.S. to open bilateral talks. The Scandinavian country's diplomatic mission opened there in 1975, the first Western embassy to be established in the hermit country.

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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 Trump before the U.S. president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.

The upcoming meeting will be a "track 1.5 academic meeting ... involving representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the U.S.", Finnish foreign ministry official Kimmo Lahdevirta revealed to CNN.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry issued a statement after 3 days of talks in Stockholm between Margot Wallstrom and Ri Yong Ho ended on Saturday.

The United States denies such plans.

News agency AFP reports that a deputy director general for North American affairs at North Korea's foreign ministry, Choe Kang-il, was seen boarding a plane for Finland at the Beijing airport. 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 global agreements related to nuclear weapons and freeze missile launches without any time limit. Pyongyang has not made any announcement about the talks with Sweden as of yet.