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U-turn: S. Korean newspaper says Kim-Trump summit ‘likely’ to happen in S’pore

The meeting will most likely be held in the third week of June.

By Tan Xing Qi | May 5, 2018

In what feels increasingly like Katy Perry’s hit single Hot N Cold, the latest news is that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump will meet in Singapore after all.

This is according to South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo on May 5, 2018.

The article, citing Washington sources, reported that Singapore is deemed the “likely” country to host the historic meeting.

However, it also noted that given Trump’s penchant for dramatic effect, it is still possible that he would choose Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) at the last minute.

Chosun Ilbo also reported that the meeting will most likely be held in the third week of June, between 9th to 15th of that month, after Trump’s trip to Canada for the G-7 summit on June 8 to 9.

Trump said on Friday that a date and location for his upcoming summit with Kim has been set and will be announced soon.

A brief timeline

April 18: Singapore part of shortlist of countries to hold the summit. Other candidates include Mongolia and Switzerland.

S’pore might host Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un meeting

April 25: Singapore front-runner for various reasons such as being politically neutral.

S’pore ‘most likely location’ for Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un summit: South Korea paper

May 1: Trump publicly declared his preference for the Demilitarised zone (DMZ).

Trump prefers meeting Kim at Demilitarised Zone in between Koreas instead of S’pore

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About Tan Xing Qi

In between episodes of Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, Xing Qi deals T-Shirts to unsuspecting Singaporeans through a roadside stall, which, ironically, is not a physical stall.

 

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