The New York Times reported on Saturday that the Central Intelligence Agency has taken the lead on organizing potential discussions between the USA and North Korea through back channels -which potentially speaks to the tone intended-and highlighting Trump's trust in Pompeo and the State Department's diminished role in preparing for what many believe is the riskiest encounter between an American president and a foreign leader in decades.
The Swedes added Ri also visited the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute global security think tank for "off the record" talks with chairman Jan Eliasson and other senior officials on the situation in the Korean Peninsula.
Choe Kang-il, deputy director-general for North American affairs at the North Korean foreign ministry, was spotted in Beijing Sunday on his way to Finland.
With South Korea laying the groundwork for its summit with North Korea next month and a landmark summit between North Korea and the United States later, the Moon Jae-in administration is making the most of its diplomatic moment - by squeezing in more summits in between.
The foreign ministers of North Korea and Sweden have ended their three-day talks, which were widely expected to deal with the planned summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un, as well as American citizens detained in the North.
Finland's Foreign Ministry told CNN the country was only facilitating the meeting - not participating.
Neither Sarias nor Lahdevirta specified that the talks were about denuclearization. She wouldn't identify attendees except to say that the South Korean delegation would include civilian academics alongside. It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean head of state, and it comes after the two leaders exchanged blustering threats.
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 USA president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader.
"He's given his word", said Kang, referring to discussions that South Korean officials held with Kim in Pyongyang earlier this month. It said that they also discussed regional security issues related to South Korea, Japan and the United States. The North is now holding Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song.