Ready for second summit: Kim travels to Vietnam by train
Hanoi, Feb 25: While US President Donald Trump left Washington for the Vietnam capital for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the latter embarked on his 4,000-kilometre land journey in an armoured train on Saturday, February 23.
The two leaders will meet for the second time since their historic meeting in Singapore in June 2018.
Trump, who has been found speaking about Kim in high regards in recent times, said on Sunday, February 24, that the North Korean leader could soon put his country on a fast track to emerge as a major power.
"Chairman Kim realises, perhaps better than anyone else, that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Images came out in North Korean state media showing the country's citizens cheering Kim as he waved from a train at the beginning of his 60-hour journey to Hanoi.
Kim is accompanied in his journey by his right-hand man and top general Kim Yong Chol who met Trump in the US in January and his sister and close aide Kim Yo Jong and other high-placed officials, North Korea's official KCNA news agency reported. Kim and Trump will meet in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.
The meeting in Singapore did not turn out to be as productive as the world would have expected as the two sides came up with a vague agreement on giving peace a chance in the Korean Peninsula.