Representatives of the two Koreas and the United States began today in Vantaa (Finland) a round of unofficial negotiations that are part of diplomatic efforts to reduce tension between North Korea and Washington, local media reported.
The meeting is held in the midst of great secrecy, despite being unofficial contacts, and so far has only transcended information on the agenda of the negotiations, its duration or the names of the participants. According to a South Korean source explained to the Finnish national television YLE, a total of 18 people participate, six for each delegation, among them the North Korean deputy general director of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, Choe Kang-il
The US delegation would be formed, according to YLE, by the former ambassadors in South Korea Kathleen Stephens and Thomas Hubbard, the diplomat Karl Eikenberry and three other experts, while the South Korean group would be made up of diplomats and experts in security and defense.
The objective of this meeting would be to prepare the official negotiations between the two Koreas, scheduled for next April, and to close positions for the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. , according to YLE.
One of the main issues on the agenda is predictably the controversial North Korean nuclear weapons program and the reduction of the ballistic arsenal in the Korean peninsula.
The Finnish president, Sauli Niinistö, confirmed yesterday afternoon that the Nordic country acts as facilitator of the negotiations, although it does not participate in them, and offered to continue hosting further meetings if the parties so decide.
The place chosen for the meeting is the Königstedt mansion, next to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.