How does Singapore score against other possible Trump-Kim summit venues?

A possible venue is Panmunjom, where the April 27 inter-Korea meeting was held without a hitch.
A possible venue is Panmunjom, where the April 27 inter-Korea meeting was held without a hitch.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Security, and optics, will decide the choice of venue for a historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. Diplomats and analysts say both sides must see political advantage in the venue - or at least ensure that it does not give the other any significant political advantage.

Singapore stacks up well. But so does Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on the Korean peninsula's North-South border. Mongolia's capital Ulaanbataar is also a contender.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2018, with the headline 'Choice of Trump-Kim summit venue hinges on security, symbolism'. Print Edition | Subscribe