June 04, 2018 11:32
Singapore will foot North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's astronomical hotel bill when he stays there for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on June 12.
The U.S. and North Korea "are believed to have settled on the Capella Hotel" on the resort island of Sentosa for their meetings, the Washington Post said on Sunday quoting sources.
The hotel sits in seclusion amid acres of wooded gardens, and the island is connected to the mainland by a single bridge, which will make it easy to provide security.
The U.S. delegation to the preparatory talks for the summit have stayed at the hotel.
But the daily said Trump will probably stay at the flashy Shangri-La and Kim at the colonial-era Fullerton. North Korean delegates led by Kim Chang-son, Kim Jong-un's de facto chief of staff, have also stayed at the Fullerton.
The most expensive suite at the Fullerton costs over W6.4 million a night, a huge sum for the cash-strapped North Korean regime (US$1=W1,075).
"Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said his country was eager to pick up the bill for some of the summit costs to ensure the success of the meeting," the Washington Post reported.
"It is a cost that we're willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting," Ng said.
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