UN Security Council approves North Korea travel to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit: Diplomats

North Korea's Kim Jong Un (above) is due to meet US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - A United Nations Security Council committee on Wednesday (May 23) approved the travel of North Korean officials to Singapore for a June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and planning meetings, diplomats said.

In a May 16 letter to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee, seen by Reuters, Singapore asked for a blanket waiver for the participation of North Korean delegations.

The 15-member committee operates by consensus.

The letter did not list which officials were expected to visit Singapore.

The Security Council has imposed a global asset freeze and travel ban on 80 individuals under a sanctions regime it has unanimously strengthened several times since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Singapore described the summit as "an opportunity to advance the objective of a peaceful resolution of the DPRK (North Korea) nuclear issue and the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region."

In February, the Security Council sanctions committee granted approval for a North Korean delegation, specifically UN-sanctioned senior official Choe Hwi, to travel to South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics.

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