With talk of a historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and President Trump in the works, Sweden has stepped up to say they are willing to host the talks.
"If we can help in any way, we will do it," said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press conference Saturday in Luxembourg. The two top contenders for the historic meet are Sweden and Switzerland, both countries represent a secure option but the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea as well as Mongolia have also been considered.
Prime Minister Lofven said in an interview with TT newswire his country can play the role of "a protecting power" for the USA and North Korea. The agreement could allow the US to safely use Sweden's embassy in Pyongyang to carry out the negotiations.
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Lofven continued saying, "I don’t want to speculate too much about what that might mean. But the fact that we are a protecting power for the U.S., have been at the border since the 1950s, and have had an embassy in Pyongyang since the start of the 1970s has given us a relationship with North Korea in which we feel they trust us."
Lofven isn't the only person who considers Sweden a viable option for the meet, various major news outlets in the U.S. have named Sweden as a possible venue. The Prime Minister was adamant that despite Sweden's position as a mediator, the nation is not a power player in Korea.
Lofven added, "One must remember that the key actors remain North and South Korea, the USA and China. It is they who essentially must find a way forward."
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