03 June 2017

News Story: N. Korea, Trump's Asia policy to top agenda in Shanggri-La Dialogue

By Lee Chi-dong

SINGAPORE June 2 (Yonhap) -- Singapore prepared Friday to greet top defense officials from South Korea, the United States and two dozen other countries for Asia's most high-profile security forum.

The three-day Asia Security Summit, also known as the Shanggri-La Dialogue, is slated to kick off at night with a special address by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Security guards, armed with rifles, were deployed around the venue, the Shangri-La Hotel in this city state.

This year's session comes amid North Korea's unrelenting provocations highlighted by a series of ballistic missile launches.

"The North Korea issue is traditionally a top agenda item of the annual conference," South Korea's Ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok said, although the communist country has been absent from the forum launched in 2002.

Keen attention will also be paid to the Donald Trump administration's policy on Asia.

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