Judging from all the buzz and leaks from sources familiar with plans, the biggest IRL crossover event outside Infinity War will be on our very shores. The eyes of the world will be on Singapore next month as the highly-anticipated historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is most likely to take place right here.
CNN reported today that administration officials have been told to move forward with plans to convene the summit in Singapore — but the decision itself is ultimately up to Trump. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders affirmed in a briefing yesterday that a “date and location are set” and an official announcement will be made in the next couple of days.
Sources who spoke to Chosun newspaper and Yonhap news agency affirmed that the proposed date of the summit could land on the third week of June.
Hopefully, Singapore has been looped into the discussion by now. Last month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong mentioned that the government received no formal invitations or requests from either party.
Over the last couple weeks, the city-state has been repeatedly noted as a top choice to host the summit due to its neutrality and geographical distance to North Korea. The technological limitations of the North Korean leader’s plane — a converted Soviet-era aircraft that probably can’t fly across the Pacific — mean that Kim would not be able to go any further than 5,000 kilometers on a full tank. Singapore is 4,700 kilometers away from Pyongyang— well within the range of Kim’s Chammae-1.
Reportedly, it was a toss-up between Singapore and Mongolia — where Kim could travel to by bulletproof train — for the summit location. But a source close to the White House noted that the president wants to have a glamorous location for the historic convention.
Unless President Trump makes a last-minute change, Singapore will soon be the backdrop for the first-ever meeting between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader.