Kim Jong Un Begins Train Journey To Hanoi For Summit With Trump

24 February, 2019, 00:30 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • In this Monday Feb. 15 2019 drone image cave explores pose with flags of North Korea Vietnam and the U.S. in En cave in Quang Binh province Vietnam. Vietnam will host the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim

US President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan twice after the Vietnam summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told the USA secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North's weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The Vietnamese foreign ministry announced on Saturday Kim would "pay an official visit in the coming days", ahead of the summit though no details were released.

The summit with Trump is scheduled for February 27-28.

The Communist Party's mouthpiece Nhan Dan newspaper late Friday quoted Vietnam's Department of Roads as saying the ban will first apply to trucks 10 tons or bigger, and vehicles with nine seats or more on the 170-kilometre (105-mile) stretch of Highway One from Dong Dang, the border town with China, to Hanoi from 7 p.m. on Monday to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by a complete ban Tuesday on all vehicles from 6 a.m.to 2 p.m. Kim will travel at least two-and-a-half days by train through China. They are expected to focus on what steps North Korea might take towards denuclearisation, in exchange for what US concession.

North Korea's state media has yet to confirm either Mr. Kim Jong-un's trip to Vietnam or his summit with Mr. Trump.

In his upcoming meeting with Trump, experts say Kim will seek a USA commitment for improved bilateral relations and partial sanctions relief while trying to minimize any concessions on his nuclear facilities and weapons.


Kim would then have another, long train ride south to Vietnam.

Security was tight before the train's arrival, with police cordoning off the riverfront some 100m from the bridge with tape and metal barriers, and leading an AFP journalist out of the area.

"But by choosing to travel by their own special train over a Chinese aircraft, Pyongyang may be signalling its willingness to be independent".

Travel by train has been a favorite mode of transport for Kim Jong Un, and his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

In their Singapore summit, Mr. Kim Jong-un and Mr. Trump pledged to work towards peace between their countries and for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Ahead of the upcoming two-day summit, Hanoi authorities were preparing the colonial-era Government Guest House in the center of the capital as the expected location for the event, while also readying the nearby Metropole Hotel as a backup venue.

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