Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Home Team interpreter scores invite to Pyongyang for noodles

Home Team officers involved in the Trump-Kim summit: (from left) Inspector (NS) Gim Joo Hyung, Police Coast Guard; Warrant Officer 1 Mohammed Zulkasfyi Yunos, 35, emergency medical technician, Singapore Civil Defence Force; Director of Operations Sen
Home Team officers involved in the Trump-Kim summit: (from left) Inspector (NS) Gim Joo Hyung, Police Coast Guard; Warrant Officer 1 Mohammed Zulkasfyi Yunos, 35, emergency medical technician, Singapore Civil Defence Force; Director of Operations Senior Assistant Commissioner How Kwang Hwee, Singapore Police Force; Inspector Reshma Nair, 33, staff officer (Ground Operations), Airport Command, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Born to South Korean parents and having spent most of his life in Singapore, undergraduate Gim Joo Hyung, 25, imagined North Koreans to be rough and inflexible.

However, his stereotypes were overturned after spending long hours with the North Korean delegation during the Trump-Kim summit last week as the main interpreter on the ground for the Singapore Police Force.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'Home Team interpreter scores invite to Pyongyang for noodles'. Print Edition | Subscribe