Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam for second summit with Trump
President Trump attends a Feb. 28 news conference following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.(Getty Images / Getty Images)
Artworks featuring President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are displayed at a gallery in Hanoi on Feb. 28.(Vincent Yu / Associated Press)
People in Pyongyang, North Korea, read a newspaper on Feb. 28 with coverage of Kim Jong Un’s visit to Hanoi for a summit with President Trump.(Kim Won Jin / AFP/Getty Images)
President Trump’s motorcade travels through Hanoi after his Feb. 28 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Fazry Ismail / EPA/Shutterstock)
President Trump boards Air Force One on Feb. 28 after a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
President Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before a meeting Feb. 27 at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi.(Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds gather on the streets near the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi as they wait for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(Luong Thai Linh / EPA/Shutterstock)
A motorcade transporting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way to the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP/Getty Images)
South Koreans in Seoul watch news reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting with President Trump.(Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
North Koreans in Pyongyang read a copy of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showing coverage of leader Kim Jong Un arriving in Vietnam ahead of a Hanoi summit with Presiden Trump.(Kim Won Jin / AFP/Getty Images)
Vietnamese children wave flags before the arrival of President Trump at the presidential palace in Hanoi.(Getty Images)
President Trump and Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong pose for a photo after meeting at the presidential palace in Hanoi.(Luong Thai Linh / EPA/Shutterstock)
President Trump waves goodbye to his Vietnamese counterpart after their meeting at the presidential palace in Hanoi.(Luong Thai Linh / EPA/Shutterstock)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Dong Dang railway station on his way to the second U.S.-North Korea summit.(Nhac Nguyen / AFP/Getty Images)
A bodyguard is reflected in the window of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s car as he arrives Feb. 26 in Vietnam for a summit with President Trump.
(Wallace Woon / EPA/Shutterstock)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards surround his car as he leaves after visiting his country’s embassy in Hanoi.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi upon his arrival in Vietnam for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images)
A worker helps arrange American and Vietnamese flags before Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh arrive for a meeting Feb. 26 in Hanoi(Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
Vietnamese security personnel stand guard outside the North Korean embassy in Hanoi, ahead of the second U.S.-North Korean summit.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP/Getty Images)
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meet at the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam.(Pool Photo )
China blocked off roads along train tracks and censored online mentions of the train’s whereabouts. Vietnam repaved roads, decked out its capital with flowers and flags, and literally rolled out the red carpet.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday morning after taking the long route from Pyongyang for his second, closely watched summit with President Trump. He made the 2½-day, 2,800-mile journey through China by his preferred mode of transport: armored train.
Kim’s train arrived early Tuesday in the border town of Dong Dang, where he was greeted with fanfare by Vietnamese authorities.
From there, a stretch limousine took him the rest of the way to Hanoi, where he arrived 2½ hours later in a motorcade that included at least a dozen police motorcycles and cars. Onlookers stood behind street barricades and waved North Korean, Vietnamese and American flags.
Trump was due to arrive on Air Force One later Tuesday.
The arrival sets the stage for a summit that in many ways carries higher expectations for concrete results than the first historic meeting in Singapore in June, which produced only vague commitments toward peace and denuclearization.
At the time, Trump abruptly announced a cessation of military exercises between the U.S. and longtime ally South Korea, without securing concessions from the North. The move surprised officials in Seoul and many in Washington. U.S. politicians and analysts have expressed concern he will make similar spur-of-the-moment decisions in his private meeting with Kim in Hanoi.
At issue is what steps North Korea will agree to take toward dismantling its nuclear capabilities and allow verification, and what the U.S. will offer in return — a peace declaration ending the Korean War, establishment of a liaison office between the two nations, and possible relief from a host of economic sanctions.
Trump, for his part, has said he is in no rush for results from the summit — a shift from Singapore, when he said he would be able to size up North Korea’s leader within seconds of meeting him.
“We’ve given up nothing. The sanctions are on, everything’s on, but we have a special feeling and I think it’s going to lead to something very good and maybe now,” he said at the Governors’ Ball in Washington on Sunday. “I think ultimately it will, but maybe not, and I’m not pushing for speed but we’re not removing the sanctions.”
The two leaders are scheduled to dine together Wednesday evening before the summit gets underway on Thursday.
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