Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Singapore to restrict airspace during US-North Korea summit

Singapore to restrict airspace during US-North Korea summit

Singapore, Jun 6 Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will embark on a two-day visit to Pyongyang from tomorrow, ahead of the historic June 12 summit here between United States president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.

1211 6/4 "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".

He said he longer wanted to use the term "maximum pressure" for his policy on North Korea because the two countries were getting along.

Kawasaki declined to say how much ICAN could stump up but said part of the Nobel Prize award would be put to the summit "in order to support peace in the Korean peninsula and a nuclear weapon-free world". Who's going to pay for Kim Jong Un's hotel stay?

The on-again, off-again nature of the summit schedule - Trump canceled the meeting May 24, only to re-instate it eight days layer - gave organizers less time to prepare.

However, North Korea still operates a small embassy in Singapore.

On Tuesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that the venue would be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa and thanked Singaporeans for their hospitality.

But that would hardly break the North Korean bank.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow hoped the summit between the USA and North Korean leaders would help defuse tensions.

"We feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made", Sanders said.

"All these (promoted) guys are top Kim Jong Un guys", said Michael Madden, author of the highly respected North Korea Leadership Watch blog.

"We're not paying for their expenses", she said.

This is something of a change from Trump's previous statements, which seemed to indicate he expected a deal to be signed in Singapore on denuclearization and other issues, and raised the possibility it may be more of a meet and greet between the two leaders.

"Japan's economy does not stand out in northeast Asia as it did 16 years ago", he said, when Pyongyang and Tokyo last tried to negotiate a normalization of ties.

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