Jun 2, 2018

The new North Korea challenge: Paying for Kim Jong-un's hotel

Kim at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

Yes, that's an actual issue. U.S. officials are trying to figure out who should pay for the luxury hotel Kim Jong-un wants to stay at for the summit in Singapore, the Washington Post reports, citing two people familiar with the talks.

Why it matters: Of all the sensitive diplomatic issues involved with the summit, this isn't the one most of us would think of first. But it shows how complicated everything is in these talks — and it's only an issue because North Korea is so short on cash. (The U.S. doesn't want to offend Kim by picking up the check, per the Post, so it may ask Singapore to do it.)

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