Preparations for landmark Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Preparations for landmark Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Preparations for landmark Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

The Washington Post speculated last week that - in an effort to avoid insulting Kim by offering to pay directly - the U.S. government was trying to find a "discreet way" to pay for the North Koreans' share of the summit.

"The next stage is multilateral participation of all the interested states, chiefly regional ones, in the development of security guarantees [for North Korea, ]" Putin said.

Bolton's comment was widely understood to imply that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un too would soon meet his end.

After the meeting, Mr Trump said Kim Jong-un was committed to denuclearisation, and that the letter was "a very nice letter, a very interesting letter".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Tuesday that the summit will be held June 12 at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island. North Korea is reportedly interested in creating a step-by-step plan for denuclearization and Trump reportedly said he would be flexible, though he's been advised not to compromise.

"So have they ever ask that the money pay for United States?" asked one journalist during a briefing.

Easing sanctions under a deal would likely need approval from Congress which has passed sanctions on North Korea.

Trump said last week he'd avoid using the phrase because of improving relations between the two countries.

"I don't think one meeting next week in Singapore can certainly unlock the entire situation on the Korean peninsula", he said. I think it's going to be a process.

Trump had already confirmed that would be a protracted effort in and of itself, given the size of North Korea's arsenal. The White House said then it chose Singapore because it could ensure the security of both leaders and provide a neutral meeting ground.

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