Security forum opens in Singapore amid focus on N. Korea

SINGAPORE, Asia's key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea's nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.

The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty. As in previous years, the communist nation did not participate in the three-day dialogue.

A summit between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump is apparently in the offing.

A team of North Korean officials is on a visit to Singapore for preparatory consultations with aides to Trump who openly expressed hope that the agreed-upon June 12 summit will go ahead in the city state.

The two sides are reportedly in talks over logistical details including a specific summit venue and schedule.

Shangri-La Hotel, where the security forum is under way, is among top candidates. It was the venue of the 2015 landmark meeting of the Chinese and Taiwanese leaders.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

Security forum opens in Singapore amid focus on N. Korea

SINGAPORE, Asia's key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea's nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.

The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty. As in previous years, the communist nation did not participate in the three-day dialogue.

A summit between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump is apparently in the offing.

A team of North Korean officials is on a visit to Singapore for preparatory consultations with aides to Trump who openly expressed hope that the agreed-upon June 12 summit will go ahead in the city state.

The two sides are reportedly in talks over logistical details including a specific summit venue and schedule.

Shangri-La Hotel, where the security forum is under way, is among top candidates. It was the venue of the 2015 landmark meeting of the Chinese and Taiwanese leaders.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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