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When Kim Jong-un took smoking break at China railway station during marathon journey to Hanoi


Hanoi, Feb 28: North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un is known for his unique takes. The leader is currently in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where he is meeting US President Donald Trump for their second summit since the one in Singapore held on June 12 last year.

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Kim reached Hanoi from Pyongyang, located 4,000 kilometres apart via land route, in a train, travelling for over 60 hours. Train journeys are not uncommon for North Korean leaders as Kim's predecessors have also done the same in the past, covering huge distances in an armoured train that the current leader also takes.

However, as Kim's marathon journey went on, there was a small pause since he decided to take a pre-dawn smoking break at Nanning Railway Station in southern China.

Although the North Korean leader remains a largely mysterious character when it comes to his personal lifestyle, a cameraman from Japanese TV network TBS took the rare photographs and videos of the diminutive leader enjoying a quick smoke break, just alike any ordinary citizen undertaking a long train journey.

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The pictures have now gone viral on social media.

In the video, the 35-year-old leader is seen walking around on the platform of Nanning Railway Station smoking and his sister, who is a close aide of the leader, holding a crystal ashtray.

His wife Ri Sol-ju and other members of North Korea's ruling party elite are also seen accompanying Kim as he enjoys his break from the long journey. Kim is known to be a heavy smoker and has been seen holding cigarettes at public places quite a number of times.

Kim arrived in Hanoi on February 26 and had a one-on-one chat and dinner with Trump on Wednesday, February 27.

Both the leaders praised each other on the occasion and will meet for the more serious part of the summit concerning denuclearisation and giving peace a chance in the Korean Peninsula.

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