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Why Trump and Kim Picked Singapore for Their Summit


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The U.S. and North Korea picked Singapore as the venue for a historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, scheduled for June 12. The move is a diplomatic coup for the city-state, which lies almost 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) south of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

It offers excellent security -- a high priority for a U.S. president -- and has a track record of putting together top-level international gatherings at short notice. Singapore has both a North Korean embassy and security ties with the U.S. Trump ruled out his earlier suggestion for the meeting, Panmunjom, which is on the North Korea-South Korea border.