Champagne Taste…Beer Budget?
Will your tax dollars pay for North Korea’s luxury hotel during the historic June 12th summit?
Hold Up. Wait A Minute.
Reports: What’s Going On
- Washington Post: North Korea wants its hotel bill paid as a condition of Singapore meeting.
- Report: NoKo wants to stay at a luxury hotel: “The Fullerton” where presidential suites cost about $6,000/night.
- U.S. State Dept: U.S. isn’t paying and not asking others to do so.
How Much Will The Summit Cost?
Short Answer: No one knows.
We don’t even know the precise location of the summit (a resort island called “Sentosa” rumored as meeiting ground).
Singapore says: “…we’re willing to bear (some of the costs) to play a small part in this historic meeting.”
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Steps Forward
ICAN =A International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Based in Geneva; coalition of NGOs (non-governmental organizations).
Offers to use Nobel Peace prize money (about $1M) to foot the bill.
Flip: Not Just Hotel
U.S. can’t pay for NoKo’s bills (without waivers from the Treasury) because of sanctions. North Korea isn’t used to paying its own bills – In fact, it didn’t even pay for its own athletes to attend the Olympics. Click to see who did.
- Singapore will bear some costs of Trump-Kim summit – ministerA A https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-northkorea-usa-singapore/singapore-will-bear-some-costs-of-trump-kim-summit-minister-idUKKCN1IY0DT
- The U.S.-North Korea summit is back on, but who is going to pay Kim Jong Un’s hotel bill?A https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/06/03/north-korea-summit-hotel-bill/667359002/
- ICAN website:A http://www.icanw.org/
- The U.S. is trying to find a discreet way to pay for Kim Jong Un”s hotel during the summitA https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-us-is-trying-to-find-a-discreet-way-to-pay-for-kim-jong-uns-hotel-in-singapore/2018/06/01/776055ce-9745-439e-9ee4-c0cef8e81523story.html?utmterm=.69d267c36fcc
The heavily sanctioned and isolated regime has a long history of making bold monetary demands.
During the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang,A South Korea set aside $2.6 millionA to cover travel accommodations for a North Korean cheering squad, an art troupe and other members of the visiting delegation.
At the same Games, the International Olympic Committee paid forA 22 North Korean athletesA to travel to the event.
In 2014, when then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. visited North Korea to retrieve two prisoners, his North Korean hosts served him an elaborate 12-course Korean meal, the veteran intelligence official said, but thenA insistedA that he pay for it.
by Jenna Lee,