Sunday, June 3, 2018

The U.S.-North Korea summit is back on, but who is going to pay Kim Jong Un's hotel bill?

Oren Dorell, USA TODAY,; see also (1)

Image from article, with caption: President Trump shakes hands with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo watches upon departure after their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2018.

The summit will be held at the Fullerton, a neoclassical hotel on an island near the mouth of the Singapore River, where a presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night. ...

The Post cited two unnamed people familiar with the talks covering logistics for the summit. The United States is open to footing the bill but does not want Pyongyang to be insulted by such an offer, according to the report, so U.S. planners considered asking Singapore, the host country, to do so.

The State Department said it has not asked anyone to pay North Korea's bills.

"We are not paying for the DPRK (North Korea) delegation and we are not asking others to do so," Heather Nauert, acting under secretary for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and public affairs, said in a statement.

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Akira Kawasaki, a member of ICAN's International Steering Group, said the organization is willing to use money from its 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to help finance the costs.

“Our movement is committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons, and we recognize that this historic summit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to work for peace and nuclear disarmament," Kawasaki said through a publicist. "The Nobel Peace Prize included a cash prize, and we are offering funds from the prize to cover the costs for the summit in order to support peace in the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world.”

ICAN is a Geneva-based coalition of several hundred global organizations and local peace groups that work with survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to share and publicize their stories.

Its supporters include Nobel laureates Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, musician Herbie Hancock, artist Yoko Ono and actors Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas, according to ICAN's website.

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