US determining who will pay for Kim Jong Un's $6K-a-night hotel room, Washington Post reports

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jun 02, 2018

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 The Washington Postreported 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.

White House and State Department officials declined to comment to the Post on the advance team planning details.

Citing two people familiar with the talks, the Post reported that the US is open to covering the costs, but is considering asking the host country, Singapore, to foot the bill. The newspaper 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.

Determining who will pay Kim's hotel bill is one of many logistical issues still being hammered out ahead of the summit, including the aircraft Kim will use to fly to Singapore and the venue where Trump and Kim will meet, the Post reported.

The relatively secluded Capella hotel on the island of Sentosa is being considered for the site of the summit, people familiar with the talks told the Post.

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