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North Korea summit to be held at Sentosa island's Capella hotel - CMW

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Tuesday that the summit will be held June 12 at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

Rodman, who has been to North Korea five times in the past, struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim during those visits and is taking some credit for Trump and Kim's scheduled historic meeting.

And though this falls in a category all of its own, former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung's administration secretly paid $500 million to just to get Kim Jong Un's father to agree to the first-ever North-South Korea summit in 2000. Mattis said on Sunday at a defence conference in Singapore that North Korea will win relief from crippling USA economic sanctions "only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearisation".

Trump's recent statement that he doesn't want to keep using the phrase "maximum pressure" against North Korea reinforced those fears.

Singapore has diplomatic ties with both the United States and North Korea.

In keeping with normal practice, Singapore, as the host nation, will have to pay out for general security and various other expenses.

After meeting Kim Yong Chol, Trump said that the USA was "not going to spend" and that neighbouring countries - South Korea, Japan and China - should be ready to shoulder the costs. We can go fast, we can go slowly.

Trump says the goal for the summit is denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. We are going to start a process.

Pompeo, who has travelled to Pyongyang twice since March, has prepared Trump for the summit in about eight-to-ten hours of briefings per week for several weeks, two U.S. officials said.

Kim is unlikely to spend much time in Singapore. "And the President will make his views known directly to him when we're in Singapore, and our focus will continue to be on denuclearisation", Sanders said.

In 1971, Idi Amin famously seized power in Uganda while President Milton Obote was in Singapore for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders.

"Japan's economy does not stand out in northeast Asia as it did 16 years ago", he said, when Pyongyang and Tokyo last tried to negotiate a normalization of ties.