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Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong at 9am on Sentosa Island in Singapore: White House

Donald Trump had accepted Kim Jong-un’s offer of talks conveyed through South Korean officials in May, but had surprisingly called it off later in the month accusing North Korea of “tremendous anger and open hostility’.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2018 23:34 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
Donald Trump,Kim Jong-un,North Korea
A combination photo of US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.(Reuters)

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong un at 9:00 am on June 12 at the Capella Hotel on the Sentosa Island in Singapore, the White House announced.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders revealed the timing on Monday and tweeted an update on Tuesday to confirm the exact venue. “The venue for the Singapore summit between @POTUS and Leader Kim Jong Un will be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island. We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” she wrote.

The summit was put back on track days after Trump walked out of it. A flurry of diplomatic activity from both sides ended last week in a visit by a senior North Korean official, former spy chief Kim Yonh Chol, who handed Trump a letter from Kim. Contents of the letter have not been shared publicly.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of the letter,” Sanders said on Monday in response to a question. “But as the president said, they were interesting, and we feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made. And we’re continuing to prepare for the President’s summit.

“I can tell you the President has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team...the schedule, tentatively, for that first meeting will be on June 12 at 9:00 am Singapore time, and take place on June 11th, 9:00 pm East Coast time.”

On Monday, Singapore had declared a central region housing its foreign ministry, the US embassy and several hotels as a special zone from June 10 to 14.

The amended zone included Sentosa island.

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 21:50 IST