Singapore to spend S$20 million for Trump-Kim summit

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Singapore is laying the groundwork for a historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which is scheduled to take place on June 12 in the southeastern Asian nation.

Singapore will spend about S$20 million to host the summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed on Sunday.

"It is a cost we are willing to pay," Lee said, adding that the summit has the potential to set developments on the Korean Peninsula on a new path and is of great significance to the security of Asia and the rest of the world, according to the Straits Times newspaper.

Hundreds of journalists gathered outside the hotels where Trump and Kim are staying and along the streets to capture a view of their arrivals on Sunday.

The police have stepped up checks and surveillance in designated "special event areas" around the Capella Singapore hotel, where the summit will be held, and the leaders' temporary residences, Kim's St. Regis Singapore and Trump's Shangri-La Hotel.

And then there's the food.

Singapore, arguably one of the food capitals of Asia, is treating journalists to a spread of more than 20 local and international favorites at meal times.

Singaporeans from all walks of life are talking about the Trump-Kim summit.

"US officials arrived in Singapore late May to book over 500 rooms of the luxury hotel," said a taxi driver.

The summit is the first meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader and expected to kick off the process of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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