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12:00 AM, January 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:58 AM, January 19, 2019


US, N Korean envoys meet in Stockholm

High-ranking diplomats from the United States and North Korea are currently holding talks in Sweden aiming to end the stand-off between the two countries, a diplomatic source told Reuters yesterday.

"After the meeting in Singapore things have ground to a halt. The purpose of this meeting is to inject some energy and to take steps forward in the relations between US and North Korea," the source said.

The source said the delegations included North Korea's vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui and Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea.

The meeting, which started on Thursday and will continue over the weekend, has been planned in secret for months.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, Cabinet Secretary Annika Soder and Sweden's envoy to Korea, Kent Harstedt, are also sitting in on the talks, the source said.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June last year for talks aimed at finding a way to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Vietnam has cropped up in the swirl of rumours and conjecture over a possible site for the meeting, with the capital Hanoi or the coastal city of Danang seemingly the most likely bases for the summit.

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