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Offbeat Singapore's foreign minister to visit North Korea ahead of Trump-Kim summit

16:01  06 june  2018
16:01  06 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

White House says Trump and Abe agree to meet before expected U.S.-N. Korea summit

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Russia’ s Lavrov due in North Korea ahead of Trump - Kim summit . Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that a date for Foreign Minister Lavrov’ s trip to North Korea would still have to be set.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit North Korea on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump , the Chinese foreign ministry has announced.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on June 5, 2018. © Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on June 5, 2018. Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan will visit North Korea from Thursday to Friday, the Singapore government said in a statement, days before it plays host to the leaders of North Korea and the United States at a summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to hold their historic meeting in Singapore on Tuesday next week.

Singapore's foreign ministry gave few other details but said Balakrishnan would call upon the president of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly and ceremonial president, Kim Yong Nam.

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Russia' s foreign minister is to visit North Korea to hold talks with his counterpart about the Sergei Lavrov' s visit on Thursday comes ahead of a planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Teams of US officials have also arrived at the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore to prepare

Russia’ s Lavrov due in North Korea ahead of Trump - Kim summit . Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that a date for Foreign Minister Lavrov’ s trip to North Korea would still have to be set.

The United States and North Korea agreed upon Singapore last month as the venue for the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the two countries. The White House said then it chose Singapore because it could ensure the security of both leaders and provide a neutral meeting ground.

Singapore has diplomatic ties with both the United States and North Korea. The Southeast Asian city-state serves as a regional headquarters for many large U.S. companies and U.S. Navy vessels use the its port facilities.

Singapore suspended trade relations with the reclusive Northeast Asian state last year following tightened U.N. sanctions over its weapons program, however, North Korea still operates a small embassy in the city.

In 2008, Singapore sent its then foreign minister, George Yeo, on an official visit to North Korea. During that trip, he toured the Nampo Port and Kaesong industrial zone.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; writing by Sam Holmes; editing by Jacqueline Wong

N. Korea military 'all quiet' ahead of summit: Mattis .
The North Korean military shows no signs of unusual activity or being in a heightened state of readiness ahead of a historic summit in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. "All's quiet," Mattis told Pentagon reporters when asked his assessment of North Korean military activity. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday in Singapore, capping a remarkable build-up to the summit that Trump at one point canceled.Mattis also repeated earlier comments that, as far as he knew, the large US troop presence in South Korea would not factor into discussions.

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