US, North Korea negotiators arive in Sweden for nuclear talks
US and North Korean officials have gathered in Sweden to resume nuclear negotiations as part of attempts to end months of deadlock.
The high-ranking delegations led by US Special Representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, and North Korea's Kim Myong-gil arrived for a joint meeting on the island of Lidingo on the outskirts of the capital, Stockholm, on Saturday.
Police had earlier closed off the approaches to the isolated conference center as two motorcades entered the venue, with police confirming one carried the North Korean officials and the other included cars used by Biegun.
The representatives of North Korea, which is under sanctions due to its nuclear program, arrived in Sweden on Thursday after Pyongyang unexpectedly announced this week that talks would kick off on October 5.
The meeting will be the first formal working-level talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.
The announcement of the resumption of talks came a day after Pyongyang test-fired a new ballistic missile designed for submarine launch.
The submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which flew 450 kilometers and reached an altitude of 910 kilometers, landed in waters near Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
This is the ninth time Pyongyang has tested ballistic missiles or other projectiles since late July.