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North Korea’s Kim Arrives In Vietnam To A Red Carpet Welcome, Will Meet Donald Trump

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reached Vietnam in his heavily armored train to get red carpet welcome.

Kim will join US President Donald Trump in the capital Hanoi in coming two-day summit, the second since the two leaders met in Singapore in June 2018.

The summit is expected to build upon their agreement to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Critics say that meeting — the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president — failed to produce concrete action in getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons.
After a two-and-a-half-day trip that covered about 2,800 miles overland, Kim arrived Tuesday to a red carpet welcome at 8:15 a.m. local time at the Dong Dang railway station in the border town of Dong Dang in Vietnam’s Lang Song province.
Kim waved and smiled as he was greeted by Vietnamese officials and a guard of honor before getting into his Mercedes. His cohort of North Korean bodyguards ran alongside the car as it pulled away.
There was a heavy security presence at the station, with Vietnamese soldiers and sniffer dogs patrolling the area. Camera crews gathered outside in anticipation of the arrival.
The trip is considerably more arduous from a logistical perspective than Kim’s previous meeting with Trump, during which he hired a Chinese plane to travel to Singapore.
Kim’s motorcade is expected to drive the remaining 100 miles to Hanoi — with the entire stretch of road reportedly closed to all normal traffic.
Like most things related to the North Korean leadership, Kim’s exact route from Pyongyang to Hanoi has been shrouded in secrecy.
Kim’s train left Pyongyang Railway Station on Saturday afternoon and passed the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin on Sunday, according to Yonhap News.
He reportedly passed through the central Chinese city of Wuhan at 7 a.m. on Monday local time, before reaching the Chinese side of the Vietnamese border early Tuesday morning.
North Korean Central News Agency reported Kim’s departure and said the leader is accompanied by North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear talks Kim Yong Chol, his sister Kim Yo Jong, and various other high-ranking officials.
Kim waved and smiled as he was greeted by Vietnamese officials and a guard of honor before getting into his Mercedes. His cohort of North Korean bodyguards ran alongside the car as it pulled away.
There was a heavy security presence at the station, with Vietnamese soldiers and sniffer dogs patrolling the area. Camera crews gathered outside in anticipation of the arrival.
The trip is considerably more arduous from a logistical perspective than Kim’s previous meeting with Trump, during which he hired a Chinese plane to travel to Singapore.
Kim’s motorcade is expected to drive the remaining 100 miles to Hanoi — with the entire stretch of road reportedly closed to all normal traffic.
Like most things related to the North Korean leadership, Kim’s exact route from Pyongyang to Hanoi has been shrouded in secrecy.
Kim’s train left Pyongyang Railway Station on Saturday afternoon and passed the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin on Sunday, according to Yonhap News.
He reportedly passed through the central Chinese city of Wuhan at 7 a.m. on Monday local time, before reaching the Chinese side of the Vietnamese border early Tuesday morning.
North Korean Central News Agency reported Kim’s departure and said the leader is accompanied by North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear talks Kim Yong Chol, his sister Kim Yo Jong, and various other high-ranking officials.
SOURCE: CNN INTERNATIONAL AND NEWS AGENCIES