Sanctions on North Korea goods suspended for delegates preparing for Trump-Kim Singapore Summit

A poster depicting US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a promotional dish of Trump-Kim Chi Nasi Lemak at a restaurant in Singapore on June 6, 2018.
A poster depicting US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a promotional dish of Trump-Kim Chi Nasi Lemak at a restaurant in Singapore on June 6, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SINGAPORE- The sanctions that were put place against trade with North Korea will be lifted for the period of June 9 to June 14 to facilitate the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said the Singapore Government on Thursday (June 7).

In an order made in the Government Gazette Act, it said that the suspension put in place last year against trade ties with North Korea would be temporarily lifted for goods originating from, or bound for, North Korea. But the suspension only applies to delegates importing or exporting goods "for the purpose of the preparations or conduct of the summit meeting".

Under the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act, goods from or headed to North Korea cannot be imported, exported, transhipped or brought in transit through Singapore without a permit.

The order also said that goods brought in and out of Singapore by North Korean summit delegates would be exempt from application of permits or approval from relevant authorities if the goods were for the purpose of the summit.

The June 12 meeting will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa.