Singapore deports South Korean media staff as Trump-Kim summit security tightens

SINGAPORE, June 10 (Reuters) - Two staff from South Korea's national broadcaster have been deported from Singapore after they were arrested for trespassing at the home of the North Korean ambassador to the city-state, police said on Sunday.

The news, just days before a high stakes summit between U.S. and North Korean leaders in the city-state, came as Singapore's home minister said a man had been denied entry to the country on Saturday because he had searched "suicide bombing" on his phone.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un landed in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a summit that could that could end a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and transform his secretive, impoverished country. U.S. President Donald Trump is due to land later on Sunday evening.

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"The visit passes of the two South Korean men have been canceled, and they have been repatriated to the Republic of Korea on 9 June 2018," police said in a statement on Sunday.

The two men were staff of KBS, the national public broadcaster of South Korea that operates radio, television and online services.

Earlier on Sunday, home minister K. Shanmugam told reporters that some people had been prevented from entering Singapore.

"Yesterday, we had someone from a regional country who our ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority) officers... when they searched through his handphone, he had been searching suicide bombing."

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JUNE 10: In this handout provided by the Ministry of Communications and Information of Singapore, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (left) welcomed by Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (2nd from Right) at Changi Airport in Singapore on June 10, 2018 in Singapore, Singapore. The historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been scheduled in Singapore for June 12 as the world awaits for the landmark summit in the Southeast Asian city-state. (Photo by Terence Tan for Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore/via Getty Images)
Armed police officers patrol outside the Shangri-La hotel where US President Donald Trump will stay ahead of the US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 10, 2018. - Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump will meet on June 12 for an unprecedented summit in an attempt to address the last festering legacy of the Cold War, with the US President calling it a 'one time shot' at peace. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the North Korean media, center, stands near a police barricade outside the St. Regis hotel, a Marriott Group property, in Singapore, on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Kim�Jong Un�arrived in Singapore on Sunday, kicking off a landmark trip by the once-reclusive North Korean leader ahead of his historic summit with U.S. President�Donald Trump. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
North Korean security personnel run next to a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A crowd is seen near the hotel as North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A motorcade believed to be carrying North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un travels past in Singapore June 10, 2018, ahead of the summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 10: South Koreans watch on a screen reporting the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrives in Singapore at the Seoul Railway Station on June 10, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. The historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been scheduled in Singapore for June 12 as the world awaits for the landmark summit in the Southeast Asian city-state. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un meets with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana in Singapore June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Shanmugam said a handful of other people had also been denied entry in recent days on security grounds, but declined to comment further.

The Trump-Kim meeting will cost about S$20 million to host, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told local media on Sunday, a large chunk of that expected to be on security on the highest profile event the city-state has ever hosted. (Reporting by Fathin Ungku and Aradhana Aravindan; writing by John Geddie; editing by Richard Pullin)

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