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Singapore says Trump-Kim meet cost $12 mn, citizens call summit 'annoying'

Singapore, an affluent financial hub, was seen as a good choice for the summit due to its warm ties with both the US and North Korea, and reputation for strict order

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US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at Singapore summit| Photo: Reuters

said on Monday it spent 16.3 million dollars ($12 million) on the historic US-summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

US and the North's Un met in on June 12 for talks aimed at ending a tense nuclear standoff.

The meeting was the culmination of a rapid detente between and and saw Kim commit to working towards denuclearisation, although critics noted the summit agreement was vague and non-binding.

Singapore, an affluent financial hub, was seen as a good choice for the summit due to its warm ties with both the US and North Korea, and reputation for strict order.

But some Singaporeans thought welcoming the mercurial leaders was more an annoyance than an honour, particularly when estimated the tiny state would have to shell out 20 million dollars ($14.7 million) to host the meeting.

However, in the end, the cost incurred by the government was about 16.3 million dollars, the biggest part of which was spent on security, said a ministry of in a statement.

It noted that Singapore had "supported the efforts to achieve peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula".

Tightly-controlled Singapore rolled out a massive security operation for the meeting, deploying thousands of police, setting up road-blocks and banning flares and loudhailers near summit venues to prevent protests.

As well as the security operation, the footed the bill for the delegation from the sanctions-hit North, including Kim's stay at the luxury St Regis hotel, according to the

They would have also had to pay a substantial amount for facilities for the huge number of journalists that covered the summit.

The clampdown was disruptive for many residents in the usually placid city-state of 5.6 million -- although some observers said hosting the summit amounted to a PR coup that would ultimately benefit Singapore.

First Published: Mon, June 25 2018. 10:14 IST
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