— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec)
The two leaders are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. local time on June 12 — 9 p.m. Eastern time on June 11 — for what is expected to be a one-day summit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has lobbied to meet Trump and Kim for a trilateral summit the following day, but the White House has not confirmed such a meeting.
Speculation that the Capella would be selected as the summit location had been building over the past week. The hotel boasts a mix of colonial-style buildings and curvy modern edifices, and the resort’s relative seclusion appealed to security-conscious U.S. and North Korean officials.
Last week, a Washington Post reporter witnessed construction crews erecting tents and other facilities required for a large event. The reporter was later instructed to leave the premises after interacting with a U.S. planning delegation that is staying at the resort.
Sanders’s announcement was another sign that the summit planning was moving forward, days after Trump reinstated the meeting after having abruptly canceled it last month. U.S. negotiators have continued to meet with their North Korean counterparts in the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone to hammer out the agenda for the meeting.
Trump is scheduled to fly to Quebec on Friday for the Group of Seven economic summit and depart for Singapore on Saturday.
John Hudson contributed to this report.