Trump-Kim Singapore Summit venue is set

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The US and North Korea have settled on a venue for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

Trump and Kim will meet for the first time at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on June 12, Sanders announced Tuesday via Twitter.

“We thank our great Singaporean hosts for their hospitality,” Sanders tweeted.

Delegations from the US and North Korea met four times last week at the Capella Hotel to hash out the logistics of the summit, with setting an appropriate venue for the summit at the top of the agenda.

Sanders said Monday the meeting will take place at 9 a.m. local time on June 12

US and North Korean officials considered several other hotels in Singapore as potential locations for the summit, which will be the first meeting between a US and North Korean leader.

US officials, led by Joe Hagin, the deputy White House chief of staff for operations, negotiated with a North Korean delegation last week to determine the location and time for the summit. Security had been a chief concern for the North Koreans during the discussions.

 The meetings often proceeded at a painstaking pace. North Korean officials are “sensitive to being dictated to,” one source close to the talks said, and the Hagin-led team has taken pains to present ideas for the summit in a collaborative way.

“Even if you’re leading a horse to water, you have to do it in a way that is collaborative,” the source said.

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