Ahead of the North Korean talks, the largest US negotiator in Stockholm

Ahead of the North Korean talks, the largest US negotiator in Stockholm

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US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will leave for a meeting at the Swedish Foreign Ministry on 4 October 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. Reuters / Niklas Pollard Motorcycle leading North Korean delegation leaders to Villa Elfvik on Lidingo Island near Stockholm, Sweden, 5 October 2019. Reuters / Anna Ringstrom US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun leaves for a meeting at the Swedish Foreign Ministry in Stockholm, Sweden, on 4 October. October 2019. Reuters / Niklas Pollard police are seen outside Villa Elfik Strand Lindingo outside Sweden Stockholm, October 5, 2019, where US top negotiator North Korea founder Stephen Biegun is expected to meet with North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil. Reuters / Anna Ringstrom police will be seen at Villa Elfik Strand in Lindingo, Stockholm, Sweden, on October 5, 2019, where North Korean chief negotiator Stephen Biegun is expected to meet with North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil. Reuters / Anna Ringstrom Members of the press are waiting for Villa Elfik Strand on 5 October 2019 in Lindingo, Sweden, outside Stockholm, where North Korean US chief negotiator Stephen Biegun is due to meet with North Korean core nuclear negotiator Kim Myong Gil. Reuters / Anna Ringstrom

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - North Korea's US chief negotiator, Stephen Biegun, met with an isolated Swedish special envoy in Stockholm on Friday, ahead of talks with North Korean officials this weekend.

US Special Representative for North Korea Biegun and his Swedish counterpart Kent Harstedt declined to comment on the report. The Swedish Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in Sweden also declined to comment.

This weekend's meeting with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, is the first official talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to resume talks, stalling after a failed summit in February.

Analysts told Reuters that leaders in both countries were increasingly encouraged to reach an agreement, although it remained unclear whether a common ground could be found after months of tension and stalemate.

The day after, according to the North Korean National News Agency (KCNA), North Korean working level talks will take place on North Korea on Wednesday, October 5, announcing the successful testing of a new ballistic missile designed to launch submarines.

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