Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Singapore says foreign minister to visit Pyongyang

Singapore says foreign minister to visit Pyongyang

He said there was no choice but to cancel the June 12 summit after Mr Kim insulted the US Vice President and threatened nuclear war.

Singapore is hosting the landmark meeting between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un on June 12.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman will be in Singapore next week for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to reports.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a US payment as insulting. Its opening was also seen as sign that change was on the horizon. Sir Henry Bellingham, foreign office minister 2010 and 2012, told this newspaper that he was "extremely sceptical" of North Korea's rhetoric, but added the "catastrophic" state of the economy could convince Kim to do a deal.

Mr Trump called the meeting back on after a successful meeting with Kim Yong-chol, a senior envoy from Pyongyang, who also delivered a letter from the North Korean leader.

The location offers excellent security, a track record of putting together top-level global gatherings and long-standing ties with North Korea.

"The Nobel Peace Prize included a cash prize and we are offering funds from the prize to cover the costs for the summit, in order to support peace in the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world", ICAN official Akira Kawasaki said.

The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels in 2011 during a conflict in which the United States intervened a few years after Libya dismantled its nuclear program.

North Korea has replaced its three most senior military officials with less hawkish appointees, leading analysts to speculate that Kim Jong-un is attempting to sideline hardline factions within the regime.

Trump aims to persuade the North Korean dictator to give up his country's nuclear arsenal in exchange for relief from USA economic sanctions.

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