A senior North Korean diplomat will meet with former officials from the U.S. and South Korea amid plans for U.S. and North Korean leaders to meet.
Choe Kang Il, a deputy director general for North American affairs at North Korea’s foreign ministry, is headed to Finland on Sunday, according to Reuters, citing South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
The planned meeting in Finland will include South Korean security experts and former U.S. diplomats, including the former Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens, The Associated Press reported.
Sweden had been rumored to be a possible site for the planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, but it now appears more likely it will take place in a truce village on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone, according to the AP.
Choe was also part of North Korea’s delegation that went to the Winter Olympics in February.
North Korea has been pursuing its nuclear weapons program despite heavy sanctions from the United Nations and pressure from the U.S.
Although Trump has been heavily critical of North Korea’s leader and its nuclear program, he agreed to sit down with Kim earlier in March. The proposed summit with North Korea is slated to be held in May.
According to South Korea, Kim said North Korea would stop missile testing while the negotiations were ongoing.