Kim Jong-un Flies Home on Chinese Plane

  • By Kim Myung-song, Kim Jin-myung

    June 13, 2018 11:09

    The front page of North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday /Newsis

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Singapore late Tuesday evening after his historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. He used the same chartered Chinese airplane as on arrival.

    But the route was a carefully guarded secret. Diplomats say there is a good chance he stopped in Beijing for debriefing by Chinese President Xi Jinping for what would be their third meeting in as many months.

    Trump left Singapore on Tuesday evening and stopped by U.S. military bases in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington, the White House said. Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii constitute the U.S. military's key footholds in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Trump had used his triumphal press conference after the summit to bewail the cost of supporting U.S. allies in the region in the apparent conviction that such allegiances are a one-way street.

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