Trump-Kim Singapore summit

Trump and Kim to meet at Capella Hotel at 9am

A photo of Capella Hotel in Sentosa seen in a photo released on June 5, 2018.

WASHINGTON • United States President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa at 9am on June 12.

"We are actively preparing for the June 12 summit between the President and the North Korean leader," spokesman Sarah Sanders had said earlier on Monday when announcing the timing of the meeting.

"We feel like things are continuing to move forward, and good progress has been made," said Ms Sanders, adding that the White House advance team, which comprises military, security, technical and medical staff, were making final arrangements in Singapore before the summit next week.

They are "finalising preparations and will remain in place until the summit begins", she said.

Ms Sanders said that Mr Trump is receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team ahead of the historic meeting, where he is expected to press Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, to give up his nuclear programme.

Under the programme, North Korea is believed to have developed the capability to strike the US.

While Mr Trump said he no longer wished to use the term "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang because the two sides were "getting along", Ms Sanders told reporters that sanctions against the country will continue.

"We have sanctions on, they are very powerful, and we would not take those sanctions off un-less North Korea denuclearised," she said.

Mr Trump is expected to fly into Paya Lebar Airbase after the Group of Seven summit in Canada. Word from Washington is that he could be in Singapore as early as June 10.

It is not clear when Mr Kim will arrive.

Yesterday, Mr Trump attempted to set the stage for the summit with his tweet: "Meeting in Singapore with North Korea will hopefully be the start of something big... we will soon see!"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline Trump and Kim to meet at Capella Hotel at 9am. Subscribe