Cheong Wa Dae official in Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit: source
SEOUL, An official from South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has been dispatched to Singapore, the venue of an upcoming United States-North Korea summit, an informed source here said Wednesday.
The Cheong Wa Dae official is said to be looking for a venue to serve as a South Korean press center in case President Moon Jae-in does travel to the Southeast Asian nation, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Cheong Wa Dae later confirmed at least one of its officials was currently in Singapore but said the objective of the trip had nothing to do with the U.S.-North Korea summit.
"Cheong Wa Dae has sent an official to Singapore on a survey mission to prepare for the South Korea-Singapore summit slated to be held in July. It has nothing to do with the North Korea-U.S. summit or a South Korea-North Korea-U.S. summit," the presidential office said in a released statement.
A ranking Cheong Wa Dae official earlier said Moon may consider joining the U.S. and North Korean leaders in Singapore depending on the outcome of their bilateral summit, scheduled to be held June 12.
A trip by the South Korean president, if made, would likely be aimed at holding a three-way summit with the two leaders and formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended only with an armistice.
The move to officially end the Korean War was proposed in a historic bilateral summit between Moon and Kim held at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27.
Source: Yonhap News Agency