Unofficial meeting at Steninge palace

One month ago US and North Korean diplomats met at Steninge palace on the outskirts of Sigtuna. The meeting, which the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) helped organise, has been kept secret from the Swedish media.

However, according to information in the South Korean press ahead of the meeting, Pyongyang was expected to send Han Song Ryol, the head of the US desk at the North Korean foreign ministry, and the US was expected to send Thomas Pickering, former US under-secretary of state for political affairs during the Clinton administration.