Medallions to mark historic summit
SINGAPORE • The Singapore Mint yesterday unveiled three commemorative gold, silver and base-metal medallions to mark the historic Trump-Kim summit and Singapore's role as host.
Each medallion features an affirmative handshake between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Both countries will also have their national flags minted on the medallion, with North Korea's flag placed on the left and the US' on the right, "aptly representing both countries' position on the political spectrum", Singapore Mint said.
The national flags on only the one ounce 999 fine silver medallion will be in colour. It will be priced at $118. The half-ounce 999.9 fine gold medallion will cost $1,380, while the base-metal version with nickel-plated zinc will be $36.
The public can pre-order the medallions at Singapore Mint retail outlets and its e-store at www.singaporemint.com
Air China resumes flights to Pyongyang
SHANGHAI • State carrier Air China will resume regular flights between Beijing and Pyongyang today, a company official said, with the move coming at a time of improving relations between China and North Korea.
China's flag carrier last November indefinitely suspended the flights citing poor demand. The move had come at a time when ties had been frayed by Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme and Beijing's backing of tough United Nations sanctions in response.
An Air China company official told Reuters yesterday that flights would resume, saying this was due to "market reasons".
US support sought for N. Korea resort
SEOUL • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol reportedly asked the United States to support an endeavour to build a top resort in the eastern port city of Wonsan.
Korean paper Dong-A-Ilbo cited a diplomatic source as saying that when Mr Kim Yong Chol met US President Donald Trump at the White House last week, he told Mr Trump about a plan for an international tourist destination with a casino in Wonsan and a ski resort in Masikryong. The tourist area was one of the key projects in Mr Kim Jong Un's New Year's address.