-North Korea summit in May, Yonhap reported. -North Korea summit expected in May.
Pence responded that Japan and the United States are with each other 100 percent on policies against North Korea and that the United States will closely cooperate with Japan. McMaster told Kono that a nuclear-armed North Korea can not be tolerated and that cooperation between Japan, the United States and South Korea is important.
South Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement North Korea would participate in the meeting joined by former South Korean officials and academics but did not provide further details. Tensions have eased in recent weeks, coinciding with North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics held in the South last month.
A report on Friday from South Korea's TV Chosun added that one of the participants in the current talks in Sweden will travel to Finland after they wrap up their discussions in Stockholm.
Arriving at a Beijing airport en route to Finland, Choe declined to comment.
"Based on the lessons from the past [in which dialogues with North Korea did not lead to denuclearization], maximum pressure needs to be maintained", Kono was quoted as telling the US vice president, adding that the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea should be taken up as an agenda item during the planned U.S.
North Korean and Swedish foreign ministers ended three days of talks on Saturday on security on the Korean peninsula in preparation of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
In a telephone call, Moon and Trump both voiced "cautious optimism" about efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons.