Representatives from the United States, South Korea, and North Korea will hold high-stakes discussions in Finland in the coming days; planning new steps forward as President Trump prepares for his first face to face meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the unofficial huddle will likely focus on the Hermit Kingdom’s willingness to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, and concrete proposals on how the Trump administration can verify Kim’s denuclearization.
The Deputy Director of North American Affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry is set to meet with former US ambassador Kathleen Stephens and multiple military and security experts from Seoul.
The discussions are reportedly taking place at the Japanese Embassy in Helsinki; and will likely “pave the way” towards Kim’s meeting with President Trump expected to occur before May of this year.
President Trump shocked the world this month when he suddenly announced he had accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in person; marking a major victory in Washington’s escalating war of words with Pyongyang.