Apparently, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to stay at a very pricey five-star hotel during the now on again denuclearization summit in Singapore. The leader, however, does not plan on paying for the $6,000+ a night presidential suite of his preferred place of lodging.
In response, United States officials are attempting to work around sanctions that would prohibit the U.S. to pay the large hotel bill for Kim's stay at the Fullerton, a neoclassical luxury hotel that sits along the Singapore River. It is possible that Singapore may be asked to pick up the bill. Two people who are well informed on the situation spoke with The Washington Post on Friday. The Post's John Hudson tweeted, "new SCOOP from Singapore: The U.S. is trying to find a discreet way to pay for Kim Jong Un’s luxury five-star hotel:"
North Korea may be a proud country, but it lacks funds. According to Newsweek, South Korea paid $2.6 million in travel expenses for Kim during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics alone. North Korea requires a foreign country to pay for Kim's lodging, and this is just one of the several logistical issues that have popped up while planning the June 12 meeting.