WASHINGTON - The US State Department confirmed on Tuesday (June 5) that the United States is not paying for North Korean officials' accommodations in Singapore during next week's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The cost of their accommodation could be a strain for the nation, with Kim reportedly planning to stay at a luxurious hotel such as the Fullerton or the St Regis, reported Yonhap News Agency.
"The United States government is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a regular press briefing. "We're not paying for their expenses."
Nauert said the White House and State Department were also not soliciting other countries to pay for North Korea's accommodations.
"I'd have to refer you to the White House, but (White House press secretary) Sarah Sanders has been clear that they've not asked other countries to pay for this," she said.
The White House announced earlier that the two leaders will meet at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island at 9am on June 12.
Trump has said one possible outcome of the summit is an agreement with North Korea to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. The two Koreas remain technically at war as the conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
"I don't want to speculate on the timing or what may or may not happen," Nauert said. "I know that that's something that the president and this administration certainly supports."
She refused to discuss the possibility that South Korean President Moon Jae In will join Trump and Kim in Singapore for such a declaration.
"I can tell you we constantly are in conversation with the government of South Korea as we are with Japan as well," the spokeswoman said. "A trip to Singapore to my knowledge has not come up but I'd have to refer you back to the government of South Korea."