Singapore had exemption from sanctions for Trump-Kim summit: MFA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ferried around Singapore in a convoy of Mercedes-Benz cars that the North Koreans shipped in for the summit in June 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ferried around Singapore in a convoy of Mercedes-Benz cars that the North Koreans shipped in for the summit in June 2018.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Singapore received a general exemption from United Nations sanctions on North Korea for activities during the Trump-Kim summit last June, allowing for luxury items such as Mercedes-Benz cars to be brought in by the North Korean delegation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) also told The Straits Times yesterday that a study visit to Singapore last year by the North Korean port authorities was a "specific follow-up" from the summit, and in no way contributed to North Korea's proliferation activities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore had exemption from sanctions for Trump-Kim summit: MFA'. Print Edition | Subscribe