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As we inch closer to the big day, preparations for the Kim-Trump summit are picking up steam.
More details are trickling out, including the venue for the eagerly-anticipated meeting: The five-star Capella Hotel in Singapore.
Lee Seung-jae reports.
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 White House official also thanked the Singaporean hosts for their hospitality.
The post came just around a day after Sanders confirmed that the two leaders had agreed on the time of their first meeting.
“And I can also tell you the schedule for — tentatively — for that first meeting will be on June 12 at 9 a.m. Singapore time and take place June 11, 9 p.m. east coast time.”
The Capella Hotel is where high ranking officials from the U.S. and North Korea have been holding working-level discussions on the upcoming talks.
The hotel is also one of two places local and foreign experts had been suggesting the talks could held at, along with the Shangri-La hotel.
The Singapore government issued a public order establishing special zones around both hotels, so access to the areas will strictly be controlled from June 10th to the 14th.
Speaking to reporters at an Oval Office event on Tuesday, U.S. President Trump said that plans for what will be the first meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader, are well on track.
“North Korea looks like it’s moving along very well, a lot of — a lot of relationship being built; a lot of negotiation going on even before the trip. But it looks like it’s coming along fine. We’ll see what happens, but very important. It’ll be a very important couple of days.”
The upcoming Kim-Trump meeting was called off by the U.S. President late May
before being put back on last week after a top North Korean official delivered Trump a letter from Kim Jong-un.
President Trump said that he expects a positive result in discussions with North Korea but spoke of the possibility of additional meetings to follow for the two sides to reach an agreement.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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North Korea, U.S. talks to be held at Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island