As preparations are underway for a US-North Korea summit, US officials are trying to solve the logistical issue of who will pay for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s housing, according to a new report.
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the historic talks will take place on June 12 in Singapore. With its economy weakened from tough sanctions, Pyongyang is requiring that another country pay for Kim and his delegation’s hotel bill, The Washington Post reported Friday. Kim is demanding to stay at the luxury, five-star Fullerton Hotel, where a presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night.
Citing two people familiar with the talks, the Post reported that the US is open to covering the costs, but is considering asking the host country, Singapore, to foot the bill.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons also offered to pay for Kim’s lodging with the cash received as part of its Nobel Peace Prize ($1.1 million) it won last year “in order to support peace in the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world.”
Trump is expected to stay at another five-star hotel, the Shangri-La, which has hosted high-security events before, according to the Post.