US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (left) during their first meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island on June 12 in Singapore.(AP file photo)
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (left) during their first meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island on June 12 in Singapore.(AP file photo)

After backlash, Singapore says Trump-Kim summit cost just $12 million

Most of the money went on security, the foreign ministry said, without giving a detailed breakdown.
Reuters, Singapore | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2018 07:23 PM IST

Singapore on Sunday said it spent S$16.3 million ($12 million) on hosting the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, less than earlier reports that had angered some locals.

Most of the money went on security, the foreign ministry said, without giving a detailed breakdown.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier estimated the event cost Singapore S$20 million. Foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan had said that included the cost of Kim’s hotel room.

Those reports drew anger from some Singaporeans on social media - though one commentator said it was a small price to pay - the cost of a chicken-rice dish for each citizen - to contribute to regional peace.

Marketing experts said the publicity generated from hosting the summit could be worth more than 10 times the cost to the tiny Southeast Asian city-state.

Trump and Kim spent each spent three days in Singapore for the June 12 summit where the two pledged to work on ending North Korea’s nuclear programme and improve ties.

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