The eyes of the world turned towards the city-state of Singapore Monday, as President Trump is poised to make history and meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
According to Fox News, the stage is set for the Commander-in-Chief’s high-stakes summit with the communist leader; with talks possibly focusing on complete denuclearization, an end to the 68-year-long Korean war, the presence of American troops on the peninsula, and even the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Pyongyang.
The President commented on the negotiations just hours before the two leaders are set to meet, saying “Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!”
Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Monday night (local time) that the Trump administration would be willing to make “security assurances” to the Korean regime; saying the US would not attack should Kim abandon his nuclear weapons program.
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DELICIOUS DIPLOMACY: Singapore Restaurants Release SUMMIT Themed Specials
Restaurants across Singapore unveiled a slew of special menu items Monday to commemorate the historic peace talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reports Fox News.
Fast food chains, such as KFC and others, joined local eating establishments in celebrating the potential peace summit, with some releasing Trump and Kim themed options along with special commemorative items.
The Beast Southern Kitchen -for example- is selling $23 hamburgers that combine American and Korean flavors.
“The American half of the burger includes fried mac and cheese burger ‘buns’ with a beef patty, bacon jam and barbecue sauce, while the Korean half has deep-fried kimchi rice buns, bulgogi beef patty, caramelized onions and creamy garlic sauce,” writes the restaurant.
“Some Korean people who came … love the kimchi a lot and others [are] saying that the portion is so huge. Why so big? I say because it’s the American version, it’s the American portion,” said another owner.
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NO FREE RIDE: US REFUSES to Pay North Korea’s Hotel Bill, Other Costs in Singapore
The United States is refusing to pay for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s hotel bill and other associated costs during next week’s summit with President Trump in Singapore, confirmed the State Department this week.
A spokesperson for the US agency told reporters that the American government “is not paying for the North Korean delegation,” adding “we’re not paying for their expenses.”
“On Singapore meetings, the problem is North Korea doesn’t have any money for staying in hotels. So have they ever ask that the money pay for United States?” asked one journalist during a briefing.
“I want to be clear about this, because this was something that swirling a lot over the weekend, and I think we tried to tamp this down. The United States Government is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay. We’re not paying for their expenses. The White House has spoken to this as well,” said the spokesperson.
After weeks of heated back-and-forth exchanges between the two countries, the historic summit is now set to take place June 12th in Singapore; the first meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea in history.