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Two South Korean media staff arrested at North Korean ambassador's home in Singapore

Friday, June 08, 2018, 15:46 GMT+7

SINGAPORE -- Two South Korean media staff have been arrested for trespassing at the home of the North Korean ambassador to Singapore, police said on Friday, just days before a high-stakes summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders in the city-state.

Police said the men arrested on Thursday were from the Korean Broadcasting System News, while a third man from the broadcaster and a fourth who was acting as a guide and interpreter were alsounder investigation.

“Two South Korean men, aged 42 and 45, who were representing the Korean Broadcasting System News, were arrested,” police said in a Facebook post.

Korean Broadcasting System News could not be immediately reached for comment.

When asked about the arrests, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House said it would use “utmost diplomatic effort to prevent such troubles” and urged journalists to be “cautious and prudent”.

International media are flocking to Singapore, which is playing host to the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president, Donald Trump, and a North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

The June 12 talks are expected to center on ending the North’s nuclear weapons programs in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Korean Broadcasting System News could not be immediately reached for comment.

When asked about the arrests, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House said it would use “utmost diplomatic effort to prevent such troubles” and urged journalists to be “cautious and prudent”.

International media are flocking to Singapore, which is playing host to the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president, Donald Trump, and a North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

The June 12 talks are expected to center on ending the North’s nuclear weapons programs in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Reuters

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