[Newsmaker] White House official: N. Korea's denuclearization will be 'process'


The summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will be on Singapore's southern island of Sentosa, the White House said as preparations accelerated for next week's event.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that the venue would be the Capella Hotel on Sentosa and thanked Singaporeans for their hospitality.

"Our policy hasn't changed, and as the president stated, we have sanctions on, they're very powerful and we would not take those sanctions off unless North Korea denuclearized", Sanders added.

"We feel like things are continuing to move forward", Sanders said, "and good progress has been made, and we're continuing to prepare for the president's summit".

Trump has been advised not to offer Kim any concessions, as the White House seeks to put the onus on the North Koreans to make the summit a success, one United States official said.

Meeting Kich Jong-UN and Donald trump is scheduled for June 12.

Refuting media reports, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the U.S. is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay in Singapore.

In this June 15, 2017, file photo, former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents a book titled "Trump The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il-guk on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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South Korea paid $2.5 million to cover the costs of more than 400 North Koreans, only 22 of whom were athletes, at the Pyeongchang Games in February.

But Senator Payne said it was clear the meeting would be part of a process, and not a one-off. "We can go slowly'".

Japan hopes to hold talks with North Korea after a successful Trump-Kim summit. We can go fast, we can go slowly.

In a press briefing, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that "sanctions and the pressure campaign remains in place".

Kim is unlikely to spend much time in Singapore. This prompted speculation in the South Korean media that South Korean President Moon Jae-in might then join the summit in Singapore.

In 1971, Idi Amin famously seized power in Uganda while President Milton Obote was in Singapore for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders.

"A lot of relationships being built, a lot of negotiations going on before the trip", he said.