Denuclearization summit to be held in Singapore

By: Joshua Ceballos/News Director


Update 6/11/18 Kim Jong Un Arrives:

Chairman Kim Jong Un has officially arrived in Singapore for the summit on Monday, June 11 and his arrival has been broadcast across his home country, according to the Associated Press.

Kim landed in Singapore in an Air China jet, which AP News said “made no secret of China’s important role behind the scenes.”

President Trump has said that the nuclear talks with North Korea have already moved very quickly, and that he plans to depart Singapore ahead of schedule on the evening Tuesday, June 12 rather than Wednesday, June 13 as was planned.

Update 6/5/18 Venue is Set:

The venue summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has been decided upon after much negotiation.

The meeting will be held at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a tweet today.

Original Story:

U.S. President Donald Trump will attend a summit in Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The summit, ostensibly planned for Tuesday, June 12, was first announced on Thursday, May 10, when the U.S. announced that the meeting would take place in Singapore after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from Pyongyang, North Korea with three American detainees, according to ABC News.

The summit has gone through a series of cancellations and reinstatements as officials from both sides have argued and criticized each other. In a letter dated May 24, Trump told Kim that he would be cancelling the summit in Singapore because of a statement North Korea made insulting Vice President Mike Pence.

“Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” read Trump’s letter.

Since the release of that letter, the president met at the White House with Kim Yong-chol, top advisor to Chairman Kim on Friday, June 1. After speaking with Kim Yong-chol, Trump announced that the summit was back on.

The exact location of the summit meeting has not been decided upon, nor has it been decided who will foot the bill for the accommodations, but as of now the summit is set to occur somewhere in Singapore, a middle ground for the two countries.

PantherNOW will continue to update with stories as more developments occur regarding the summit.


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