Singapore tightens security measures for Trump-Kim summit

Sunday, 2018-06-10 14:11:07
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Gurkha policemen guard the venue of the 16th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. (Photo: Reuters).
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Security further tightened in Singapore on June 10 ahead of the arrival of US President Donald Trump and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un for their historic summit slated on June 12 in the city state.

A stronger police presence, strict security checks and road blocks around the "enhanced security special event areas" underscored the Southeast Asian country's efforts to fend off any unforeseen mishaps during the summit slated to take place on June 12.

Trump's Air Force One is expected to arrive at Paya Lebar Air Base in the central east of Singapore on June 10 after a 17-hour flight from Quebec, Canada, where he attended the Group of Seven summit.

On the same day, the DPRK’s leader is likely to land at Changi Airport, a civilian facility at the eastern end of Singapore, after about seven hours of flight from Pyongyang, according to media reports.

The Singaporean authorities have designated the sites related to the summit as the special event areas from June 10 through June 14. They include the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, the summit venue, and the places surrounding the Shangri-La Hotel and the St. Regis Hotel where Trump and Kim are expected to stay, respectively.

The summit venue, roads and hotels in Singapore will be secured by the Gurkha Contingent of the Singaporean police, according to diplomats familiar with VIP security in the island state.

The southern resort island of Sentosa, where the summit will be held, has been added to the list of special event areas by the Singaporean government during the week of the summit.

Singapore airspace will be restricted during the summit, according to a notice to airmen posted by aviation authorities on May 30.

Singapore was chosen to host the summit between President Trump and DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un primarily because it is one of few nations with diplomatic relations with both parties, the White House said.

The Southeast Asia country is often named one of the safest in the world as well.

The Korea Herald, Reuters