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Kim Jong Un wants someone to pay for his lavish hotel in Singapore during nuclear summit

North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un wants another country to pay for his stay at a pricey Singapore hotel in June. Kim is participating in nuclear disarmament talks with President Donald Trump. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants someone else to pay for his stay in a luxury Singapore hotel during the upcoming nuclear weapons "disarmament" summit with President Donald Trump.

How much?

Kim has his eye on a suite at the $6,000-a night, five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. That has the U.S. scrambling for answers just over a week before the June 12 meeting, CBS News reported.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a coalition of non-governmental organizations worldwide, has volunteered to pay for Kim’s stay:

"Our movement is committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons and we recognize that this historic summit is a once in a generation opportunity to work for peace and nuclear disarmament," Akira Kawasaki, an ICAN international steering group member, said in a statement. "The Nobel Peace Prize included a cash prize and we are offering funds from the prize to cover the costs for the summit, in order to support peace in the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world."

Earlier reports suggested the U.S. might find a way to discreetly pay the tab. North Korea may also ask Singapore to pay for it.

Singapore’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen told reporters the small but prosperous city-state will consider covering some of the expenses, Newsweek reported.

“It is a cost that we’re willing to bear to play a small part in this historic meeting,” Ng reportedly said.

Kim is known for his decadent taste. In one account, a former chef detailed how Kim “gorged on steak, cheese and two bottles of Cristal champagne in one sitting."

Newsweek also explained:

"Kim has invested heavily in North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program while starving the country financially and demanding luxury accommodations from foreign nations, including South Korea which covered $2.6 million in travel expenses for him during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics."

Has Trump again confirmed the meeting?

A host country has covered travel costs for foreign leaders in the past, CBS News reported. In 2015, Austria helped pay for “security and logistical support” for Iranian leader during talks that led to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

President Donald Trump announced a week ago that the meeting was cancelled then later said it was back on.

The June 12 meeting could be just the beginning of more talks, Trump reportedly said.

"But we're going to be...June 12th, we'll be in Singapore," Trump told reporters Friday after meeting with top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol at the White House. "It will be a beginning. I don't say and I've never said it happens in one meeting. You're talking about years of hostility; years of problems; years of, really, hatred between so many different nations. But I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end."

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