US determining who will pay for North Korea leader’s hotel room
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.
A week after abruptly scrapping the summit with Kim, President Donald Trump announced Friday that the historic talks were back on for 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.
According to the Post, Kim is demanding to stay at the luxury, five-star Fullerton hotel, where a presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night.
The Post said that while the State Department initially declined to comment on the issue, on Saturday spokeswoman Heather Nauert ruled out the possibility that the United States would pay for North Korea’s accommodations. The United States is "not asking others to do so," Nauert said.
Citing two people familiar with the talks, the Post reported earlier 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."
The Post is also reporting that the US is expected to request a waiver of sanctions from the United Nations and US Treasury Department for expenses associated with North Korea’s travel.
Trump is expected to stay at another five-star hotel, the Shangri-La, which has hosted high security events before, according to the Post.