WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE – On Tuesday, the White House replied, “The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held on Singapore’s southern island of Sentosa”
Sarah Sanders, White House spokeswoman, tweeted that the summit is scheduled to start on the morning of June 12 and venue would be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa, also appreciating Singaporeans for their hospitality. Trump replied reporters at an Oval Office event that the plans for what will be the first meeting between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader, were “moving along very well.”
“A lot of relationships being built, a lot of negotiations going on before the trip,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. But it’s very important – it’ll be a very important couple of days.”
Trump said, last week he had expected an eventual “very positive result” with North Korea but dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore.
He also added that one thing which could come out of the summit is for an agreement formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty.
Former U.S. officials and analysts commented that if the meeting produces a peace declaration, then this could give Trump a big headline.
On Monday, Singapore declared a central region that is home to its foreign ministry, the U.S. embassy and several hotels, as a special zone from June 10 to 14. In its online gazette, the government amended the area to include Sentosa and an area of the sea stretching more than 1 km (0.6 miles) off its southwestern shore.
North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as U.S. aggression.