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  • From Switzerland,... to Mongolia,... to the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom and

  • even the North Korean capital Pyongyang.

  • There have been various spots around the world that were considered as plausible locations

  • for the first-ever summit between North Korea and the United States.

  • Oh Jung-hee sheds light on why Singapore was chosen over the other options.

  • Out of several candidate locations, it's finally down to one: Singapore.

  • What makes Singapore a favorable location for both Pyongyang and Washington is that

  • the Southeast Asian country is diplomatically neutral.

  • It has good relations with North Korea and the U.S., and both countries have embassies

  • there.

  • Before international sanctions took full effect early last year,... Singapore had been at

  • the center of North Korea's overseas economic activities.

  • But at the same time, it is also home to a U.S. naval base,... where American ships and

  • aircraft make regular visits... and several are stationed.

  • Singapore is also close enough to North Korea for the regime's planes to make a non-stop

  • flight.

  • And the country is well-practiced in hosting international events,... with the Asia Security

  • Summit Shangri-La Dialogue taking place every year.

  • The U.S. actually preferred Singamore more than North Korea did, due to Singapore's security

  • and infrastructure... as well as the political burden that would follow if the summit were

  • held at Panmunjom or Pyongyang.

  • And as North Korea has close relations with Singapore,... it seems that Pyongyang chose

  • not to drag on with a tug-of-war over the summit location but jump into the real business

  • of the talks.

  • Singapore's foreign ministry welcomed the decision, saying the country is pleased to

  • host the summit talks between President Trump and North Korea's Kim.

  • It added the country hopes the summit serves to (quote)"advance prospects for peace" on

  • the Korean Peninsula.

  • Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

From Switzerland,... to Mongolia,... to the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom and

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Singapore hosting first-ever N. Korea-U.S. summit -- why Singapore?

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    luyuanru posted on 2019/02/20
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