PM Lee to hold separate meetings with Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump before Singapore summit

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre) will hold separate meetings with US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un ahead of the two leaders' historic summit on June 12, 2018.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (centre) will hold separate meetings with US President Donald Trump (left) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un ahead of the two leaders' historic summit on June 12, 2018. PHOTOS: AFP, ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will hold separate meetings with US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un ahead of the two leaders' historic summit on June 12.

He will meet Mr Kim on Sunday (June 10), while the meeting with Mr Trump will take place on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

 

Both leaders are expected to arrive in Singapore on Sunday before their highly-anticipated summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa on Tuesday.

Mr Trump is likely to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, with Mr Kim residing at The St Regis.

Mr Trump, who was in Canada for the G-7 summit, tweeted at 4.58am (Singapore time) that he is on his way here, where "we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the world".

He added: "I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!"

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, in an interview with Singapore reporters in Beijing on Saturday after his five-day trip to Washington and Pyongyang, said both the US and North Korea want peace on the Korean peninsula.

 
 

"I have met both sides, I see sincerity on both sides, I see a desire, a willingness to escape the constraints that have applied for the last seven decades - so with goodwill and creativity let's see what they come up with," he said.