Possible Singapore venues for historic Trump-Kim summit

Hugh Fox
May 15, 2018

He returned again to North Korea last week for a second meeting, after which Kim agreed to the release of the three Americans.

Talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump are expected to take place in Singapore on June 12.

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North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said ongoing drills between the South Korean and US air forces are an "intentional military provocation" to undermine recent diplomatic talks, according to Yonhap News Agency in South Korea. According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the North has resisted a request by the United States to relocate thousands of North Korean nuclear engineers-a move to assure the North can not restart nuclear development in the future.

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"When Kim Jong Un sees President Trump in Singapore, he should give something big", the security adviser, Moon Chung-in, said at a Tokyo conference, referring to the North Korean leader. The meet is scheduled at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the world's most heavily guarded border, separating the two countries. The discussions may also include setting up working-level talks between the countries' sports officials over plans to field combined teams in some sports at the Asian Games in August.

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South Korea, which brokered the planned talks between Trump and Kim, says Kim has genuine interested in dealing away his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits.

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