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

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

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

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed in a tweet on Tuesday that the talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island on June 12th.

The news comes after reports Kim had removed three top military officials from their posts ahead of his scheduled meeting with US President Donald Trump in June.

Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting Thursday just to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Experts have voiced concern that despite Trump's claim to be the world's greatest dealmaker, he knows little about North Korea, arms control or global diplomacy.

North Korea has been fairly isolated from conducting business with the rest of the world with United Nations sanctions placed on the country due to its nuclear weapons program.

"I believe he wants the summit to see the seriousness on the US side", Joseph Yun, former USA special representative for North Korea policy, said at a congressional hearing.

"I can tell you the president has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team", said Sanders.

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He's set to meet with Kim at the Capella Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday.

The gold, silver and nickel-plated medallions feature an engraving of the flags of the USA and North Korea, the date and location of the summit, and a handshake.

NHK reported top US and Japanese diplomats would meet in Seoul for a debriefing, following the meeting.

"We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality", she said.

Asked to comment on speculation that Mr Putin might meet Kim at a regional security summit in China this weekend, Mr Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said no such meeting is planned.

"I don't want to speculate on the timing or what may or may not happen", Nauert said. "I think that's something people should be very aware of".

Schumber added: "We're all hoping the president will succeed in rooting for peace".

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