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During US-North Korea Summit, Singapore Airspace To Be Restricted

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| June 6 , 2018 , 14:48 IST

During the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un on June 12 in Singapore, the airspace above the island would be restricted, a notice to airmen posted by the aviation authorities on Wednesday said.

The Southeast Asian city-state set to host the summit has boosted security across the island including planning deployment of the Gurkhas elite warrior tribesman of Nepal and now suspending the airspace temporarily.

The notice published on the websites of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) specified that the airspace over Singapore would be restricted for parts of June 11, 12 and 13.

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All aircraft arriving into Singapore Changi Airport will be required to reduce speed and face some restrictions on runway use “for reasons of national security,” the notice said.

The ICAO website in a separate notice warned aviators to stay clear of the Paya Lebar Air Base as well, which is a military facility in the east area of Singapore that has been used by US Presidents on past visits. The notice added that aircrafts breaching the restrictions “may be intercepted”.

In preparation for the summit, Singapore has designated certain parts of the city as “special event areas” from June 10 to 14. The designated areas include the central region of Singapore, where its foreign ministry, the US embassy and several hotels are located and the southern region where summit is scheduled to take place.

In the designated areas, items such as remotely piloted aircraft and public address systems will be prohibited from June 10 to 14.

The Singapore summit has been finalised after a great deal of talks and discussions, and was nearly thrown off by a statement by US President Trump last month. The summit holds great importance as the denuclearisation of North Korea is expected to be discussed.