Summit Snippets

Last stage of talks in Panmunjom

SEOUL • US and North Korean officials held their fifth working-level talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom yesterday to prepare for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week.

The two sides were meeting for last-stage negotiations on the agenda for the summit in Singapore, reported Yonhap News Agency.

No decision yet if Moon will travel

SEOUL • South Korea is still watching how negotiations between the US and North Korea are going to determine whether President Moon Jae In should fly to Singapore for the June 12 summit, Yonhap News Agency reported yesterday.

"We are keeping an eye on negotiations between the North and the US on the agenda," a presidential official said.

Melania Trump to skip summit

WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump will skip this week's G-7 summit in Canada's Quebec and does not intend to attend the June 12 summit in Singapore, the White House said.

"She will not attend the G-7, and there are no plans for her to travel to Singapore at this time," her spokesman Stephanie Grisham said on Sunday.


Anti-nuclear group offers to foot bill

SINGAPORE • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican), which won last year's Nobel Peace Prize, has offered to pay for the cost of the summit, including the hotel bill for North Korea's leader.

"The Nobel Peace Prize included a cash prize, and we are offering funds from the prize to cover the costs for the summit in order to support peace in the Korean peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world," Ican official Akira Kawasaki said.


Singapore eateries offer themed menu

SINGAPORE • Food and beverage outlets in Singapore have rolled out themed dishes and drinks with both American and Korean influences ahead of the June 12 summit.

New nasi lemak brand Harmony Nasi Lemak, part of OSG Bar + Kitchen at Suntec City, is offering a new take on the dish, which combines dry-aged beef from the US with kimchi, basmati rice and sambal with ikan bilis.

At Royal Plaza on Scotts hotel, a Trump-Kim Burger and Summit Iced Tea will be on the menu from Friday to June 15. The grilled burger is made with minced chicken, seaweed and kimchi patty, and is served with Korean rice rolls and fries. The Summit Iced Tea infuses Korean honey yuzu into traditional iced tea.

Meanwhile, gastropub Escobar at China Square Central has launched a blue bourbon-based cocktail called "Trump", and a red soju cocktail called "Kim".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Summit Snippets'. Print Edition | Subscribe