Next week’s Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un will be held at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.
The meeting is due to begin on June 12 at 0900 local time.
“We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” Sanders said on Twitter.
The 5-star hotel sits in the middle of the island, surrounded by trees and villas and boasts a “stunning vista of the South China Sea,” according to its website. At its center are colonial buildings that date to the 1880s.
Ahead of the summit, daily meetings continue to be held between the U.S. and North Korea in both Singapore and Panmunjom.
Talks in Singapore are centered on arrangements for the meeting and protocol, while meetings at Panmunjom are focused on a potential agreement between the two sides, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told a regular press briefing.
Nauert was also asked about press reports that Pyongyang had sought help in paying for its travel and accommodation in Singapore.
“The U.S. government is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay, we’re not paying for their expenses,” she said.
On the possibility of a trip to Singapore by South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a trilateral meeting, she said it hasn’t come up to her knowledge in talks between South Korea and the State Department.
News of the location came ahead of a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Singaporean foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who held a working lunch at the Department of State.
It also follows a historic meeting on Friday at the White House between President Trump and high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol.
Earlier on Tuesday, CNN reported that national security advisor John Bolton had been excluded from Friday’s meeting between Trump and Kim at the urging of Pompeo.
The secretary of state reportedly told the President that having Bolton in the room would be counterproductive, said the report.
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