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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho second right leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm Sweden Friday

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We have right now 32,000 soldiers on the border between North and South Korea.

"They will also address the security situation on the Korean peninsula, which is high on the (UN) Security Council agenda", a ministry statement said.

Ri Yong-ho arrived in the Swedish capital on Thursday evening with Choe Kang-il, deputy director general of the foreign ministry's North America section.

The embassy also represents US, Canadian and Australian diplomatic interests in North Korea, with Sweden playing a key role in liaising diplomatic talks.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho left leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm Sweden Friday
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"Even when US President Donald Trump said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-in and settle all the problems, US presidential administration officials rushed to say that further pressure on Pyongyang was needed as it had backed down", he said in an interview with the Vietnamese and Japanese media ahead of his visits to these countries. "We are a country that is militarily non-aligned and have a longstanding presence in North Korea", he said.

Sweden is now a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

"If it is the case that the main players want Sweden to play a role, to facilitate, to be a forum or a link or whatever else, we are prepared to do that", Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told Sweden's TT news agency on Thursday.

Foreign Minister Ri, who took his post in May 2016, is fluent in English and previously served as North Korean ambassador to London.

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Ri's surprise trip to Stockholm has taken on added significance due to the expectation that a summit of Kim and Trump could defuse the tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

President Trump stunned the political world last week when he said he would accept an invitation to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In 1975 Sweden opened its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

"We've chose to narrow down the agenda topics to denuclearising the Korean peninsula, securing permanent peace to ease military tension and new, bold ways to take inter-Korean relations forward", said Im, who is head of the preparation team.

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"We agreed that the inter-Korean summit in April and the U.S".

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