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    White House Reveals Reasons Singapore Chosen for Kim-Trump Summit

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Singapore was selected as the site for the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un for reasons of security and neutrality, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters aboard Air Force One.

    "Singapore has a relationship with both the United States and North Korea," Shah said on Thursday when asked to explain why the location was selected. "They can be ensured — to ensure both the President’s security and Kim Jong-un’s security, as well as provide neutrality."

    Earlier in the day, Trump announced via Twitter that he would be meeting with Kim in Singapore on June 12.

    Shah pointed out that the first meeting between the leaders of China and Taiwan took place in Singapore some years ago.

    The details of the meeting, the White House spokesperson added, including the duration, still needed to be worked out.

    Shah also warned that while the meeting has been agreed to, it could be halted for any number of reasons especially in light of North Korea’s past actions.

    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said they are planning for a one-day meeting between Trump and Kim with an opportunity to extend it if there is more to discuss.

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    denuclearization, neutrality, security, Trump-Kim Summit, White House, Raj Shah, Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), United States, Singapore
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