Singapore to restrict airspace during U.S.-North Korea summit

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US Democrats on Monday urged President Donald Trump not to squander the "historic" opportunity of a face-to-face summit with North Korea's leader, as the lawmakers opposed any easing of sanctions without complete and verifiable denuclearization.

White arches line outside the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

"I believe he wants the summit to see the seriousness on the US side", Joseph Yun, former USA special representative for North Korea policy, said at a congressional hearing.

U.S. and North Korean officials considered several other hotels in Singapore as potential locations for the summit, which will be the first meeting between a U.S. and North Korean leader.

But a week later, Trump announced it was back on after a top North Korean envoy hand delivered a letter from Kim to the White House.

Hosting the summit is expected to strengthen Singapore's already close relations with the United States and improve its ties with North Korea, which has been under strain after Singapore introduced some severe measures against Pyongyang.

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The minister, who will be accompanied by foreign ministry officials, will also meet the North's ceremonial president Kim Yong Nam, the statement said.

Last month, Trump canceled the summit following threatening language by Kim and the North Koreans.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against perceived USA aggression. Rodman made at least three trips between 2013 and 2014. "We're not paying for their expenses".

Mr Trump and Mr Kim's highly anticipated meeting is scheduled for 9am local time on June 12 after a flurry of on-again-off-again action.

Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong Un's No. 2 man, spoke with Trump about the summit and handed him a personal letter from Chairman Kim. "He has come out onto a major foreign policy stage, so I think he wants to start slow", he added.

Rodman's relationship with Kim dates back to 2013, when Rodman first traveled to North Korea for the filming of the Vice documentary film "Basketball Diplomacy".