North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho is heading to Sweden on a mission that could set the stage for a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Ri will arrive in Stockholm Thursday for two days of talks with Margot Wallstrom, his Swedish counterpart. Sweden represents diplomatic interests for the United States, Canada and Australia through its embassy in North Korea.
Sweden's Foreign Ministry says the purpose of Ri's visit "is to contribute to the effective implementation" of the resolutions by the U.N. Security Council condemning Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
President Trump unexpectedly announced last week that he will meet face-to-face with Kim Jong Un by the end of May, but a date and location have not been announced.