Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) meets with leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un on June 10 (Photo: AFP/VNA)

 

Hanoi (VNA) – Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on June 10 met with leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un ahead of the US-DRPK summit, which is scheduled for June 12.

At the meeting, the DRPK leader voiced his belief that Singapore’s role will be recognised if the summit goes successfully.

Earlier, in his remarks posted in the Straits Times newspaper, the Singaporean PM expressed his hope that two-way trade will increase if there is a bilateral agreement and United Nations sanctions against the DPRK will be lifted, although it will take a time.

Singapore, the seventh largest trade partner of the DPRK, suspended its trade relations with Pyongyang last year amid escalating tension related to its nuclear and missile programme.

The DPRK leader is set to meet US President Donald Trump at 9am on June 12 (local time) to discuss the end of his country’s nuclear programme. He will leave Singapore at 14pm on the same day.-VNA