Singapore's Capella Hotel Set for Historic US-North Korea Summit

Charlene Craig
June 8, 2018

"We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality", said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.

Singapore on Tuesday added its southern resort island of Sentosa to a special event area designated for next week's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the government said.

Trump ultimately wants Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program, though the USA president stressed last week that the process for denuclearization would likely take longer than a single meeting.

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the North Korean leader begged on "his hands and knees" to reinstate their high-stakes summit in Singapore.

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"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12th and we never were".

The Kremlin leader said last month that his own proposed meeting with Trump was not working out for now and was beset by problems.

Kim Chang Son, the de facto chief of staff for the North Korean government, was seen at The Fullerton five-star hotel in Singapore last week during a visit to meet U.S officials to work out the logistics for the summit.

Trump's goal in the summit is reportedly to get Kim to agree to a nuclear disarmament schedule, according to the article, and he has been advised not to give up any concessions.

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The upcoming meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, the White House confirmed.

Pompeo has taken the lead on the North Korea negotiations and has twice met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has a record of getting other countries to cover the costs when leaders and officials attend worldwide events, claiming they can not afford it - despite having the cash to churn out nukes.

Trump also said that there would be no new sanctions while the talks are taking place, although the White House was at pains to say existing economic sanctions will not be removed either.

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