Second Kim-Trump meeting approaches: North Korean leader to reach Vietnam by train
Hanoi, Feb 20: After Singapore in 2018, it's Vietnam in 2019. The Southeast Asian nation is in the middle of the preparation for the high-profile meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 27-28. This will be the second summit of the two leaders since they met in the city-state of Singapore on June 12 last year.
Kim is set to arrive at the venue of the meeting by train, Reuters cited two sources having direct knowledge of security and logistics planning as saying on Wednesday, February 20.
Travelling from North Korea to Vietnam via China by train will take over two days and that would mean the North Korean dictator would have to start by this weekend to reach the destination by February 25 when he is scheduled to hit the destination.
"Kim's train will stop at the Vietnamese border station of Dong Dang, where he will disembark and drive 170 km to Hanoi by car, the sources said," according to the Reuters report.
The ruling family of North Korea is known to travel long distances by train for they keep their movement highly secret. Last year in March, Kim made his first foreign trip to China by train while he travelled by car to his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border venue in April.
Kim's predecessors were also known to travel by train and his grandfather Kim Il Sung had even travelled to Russia and East Europe by train. Il Sung had also visited Vietnam twice - in 1958 and 1964.
Trump and Kim had met over a historic summit in Singapore last year which was the first-ever between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader and there, they pledged to strive for complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.