North Korean minister to meet again with Swedish counterpart

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his delegation arrive to the Swedish Foreign Ministry in central Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday March 15, 2018. North Korea’s foreign minister is traveling to Sweden Thursday, a surprise move that could be a first step toward a meeting in the Scandinavian country between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Erik SImander/TT via AP)
Updated 17 March 2018
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North Korean minister to meet again with Swedish counterpart

STOCKHOLM: North Korea’s foreign minister is set to meet again with his Swedish counterpart amid growing speculation about a possible meeting in the Scandinavian country between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Ri Yong Ho, who arrived late Thursday in Stockholm, is expected to meet Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom Saturday. Details about their talks had been shrouded in secrecy.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry said Friday a summary of their discussions would be provided afterward.
Ri’s surprise trip to Stockholm has taken on added significance due to expectations that a Trump-Kim summit could defuse the tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Wallstrom said Friday that she had “good and constructive” talks as she left the Stockholm villa where the meeting took place. The villa is close to the embassies of South Korea and the United States.
Ri, who has not made any public comments in Sweden, also brief met with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven Friday.
Sweden has been rumored as a possible site for the US-North Korea summit, though a truce village on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas is seen as more likely.
Sweden has had diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973 and is one of few Western countries with an embassy in Pyongyang. It provides consular services for the United States in North Korea.
Ri also visited the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute for an off-the-record meeting on the situation in the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia, the arms watchdog said in a statement.
SIPRI listed North Korea as having 10 to 20 warheads including “operational warheads held in storage and retired warheads awaiting dismantlement.”


Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Updated 17 February 2019
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Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

  • Netanyahu made an off-hand comment last week during a conference in Warsaw that “Poles cooperated with the Nazis”

WARSAW: A Polish government official says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not attend a meeting in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions between the two countries over how to remember Polish behavior during the Holocaust.
Michal Dworczyk, who heads Morawiecki’s chancellery, announced the change of plans on Sunday.
Netanyahu made an off-hand comment last week during a Middle East conference in Warsaw that “Poles cooperated with the Nazis” — wording suggesting some Poles during the German occupation of Poland participated in killing Jews.
He was initially quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying “the Poles,” which could be taken as blaming the entire Polish nation.
Both Netanyahu’s office and the newspaper say he was misquoted in an editing error, but the Polish government said it was not satisfied.