Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un arrive in Vietnam and will hold their first brief meeting on Wednesday
US President Donald Trump arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday night for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Before leaving, Trump expressed hope that the parties will be able to agree on concrete measures towards denuclearization.
At the airport, Trump was greeted by representatives of the Vietnamese leadership and the US Ambassador to this country Daniel Critenbrink, as well as a guard of honor dressed in white uniforms.
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Kim Jong-un’s motorcade had arrived in Hanoi a few hours earlier. He completed the last stage of the two-day journey by car, and reached Vietnam via southern China on an armored train. Bodyguards escorted the North Korean leader’s limousine to the Melia Hotel in Hanoi.
Immediately after his arrival, Kim held a brief meeting with his subordinates, who were preparing for the summit with Donald Trump, according to the North Korean state news agency TsTAK..
According to the same TsTAK, after the summit with US President Kim Jong-un, he will remain in Vietnam for two more days. On March 1 and 2, the DPRK leader has a so-called “goodwill visit” to strengthen ties between North Korea and Vietnam.
Kim and Trump are slated to have a brief meeting on Wednesday followed by dinner, accompanied by two assistants and an interpreter on each side. Trump will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. More formal talks to take place on Thursday.
Speaking before leaving the White House, Trump expressed optimism about the upcoming meeting: “I think we will have a great summit. We want denuclearization, and I think that he (Kim Jong Un) will have a country that will set many speed records in terms of the economy. “.
The president tweeted that without denuclearization, North Korea will have to continue to endure “all the same”, but expressed confidence that Kim Jong-un “will make a wise decision.”.
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