North Korean minister pays surprise visit to Sweden

Mar 16, 2018, 7:31 AM EDT
North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong-ho met his Swedish counterpart.
(Source: Damanpreet Singh/flickr)

North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong-ho made a surprise visit to Sweden late on Thursday in a development signaling that the European state could play a mediating role for Washington and Pyongyang, setting the stage for a possible meeting between the leaders of the two nations.

Sweden, which has deep-rooted ties with N. Korea, is militarily non-aligned and sometimes acts as a proxy for states with soured diplomatic relations, notes the BBC.

Ri will hold a second meeting with his Swedish counterpart on Friday with “the security situation on the Korean peninsula” being the agenda, writes The Guardian.