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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives by train at the border town with China in Dong Dang, Vietnam, February 26, 2019.
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First steps.
IT TOOK A WHILE

Pictures: Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam

By Echo Huang

After a train ride of more than two days, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Hanoi today (Feb. 26) for his second  summit with Donald Trump.

Kim, who opted for the 70-hour railroad journey to Vietnam rather than travel by air from North Korea, was spotted smoking a cigarette in Nanning, the last train stop in China, while his sister Kim Yo Jong held an ashtray.

Kim and Trump will meet in Hanoi tomorrow night (Feb. 27) for a private dinner. They are to appear together in the public the next day. Their meetings are expected to center around discussion of ending North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Kim and the US president first met last June in Singapore.

Here are images tracing Kim’s trip from his arrival in Dang Dong, the Vietnam city bordering China, to his destination in Hanoi.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives by train at the border town with China in Dong Dang, Vietnam, February 26, 2019.
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Kim arrives by train at Dong Dang, Vietnam yesterday (Feb. 25).
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China, February 26, 2019.
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Kim is greeted by Vietnamese officials in Dang Dong.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (C) waves upon his arrival at the border town with China in Dong Dang, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. Nhan Sang/VNA via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. VIETNAM OUT.
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Kim at the train station in Dang Dong.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gets on a car after arriving by train in Dong Dang in Vietnamese border town Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, ahead of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang)
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Kim gets into a limousine as he heads for Hanoi, surrounded by security agents.
A car carries North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after Kim arrived by train in Dong Dang in Vietnamese border town Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, ahead of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang)
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The limo carries Kim on his way to Hanoi, security agents close at hand
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves upon his arrival at the border town with China in Dong Dang, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC1DE9DF3E20
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Kim waves as his car is en route to Hanoi.
Police enforce a road closure ahead of motorcade carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrive in suburbs of Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. The second summit between U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Hanoi on Feb. 27 and 28. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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Police clear road outside of Hanoi ahead of Kim’s arrival.
The motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen passing the Opera House, ahead of a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang - RC1CDBBCCDA0
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Kim’s motorcade passes the Opera House in Hanoi.
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the North Korean embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva - RC1B0EE109B0
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The North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong arrives at the North Korean embassy in Hanoi.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un leaves the North Korean embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. Yonhap via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RC116165F000
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Kim leaves the North Korea embassy in Hanoi.
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Kim’s motorcade after leaving the North Korean embassy in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Vietnam before Trump, met Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh today.

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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh arrive for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. Pompeo is in Vietnam for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
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Pompeo and Vietnamese deputy prime minister Pham Binh Minh arrive at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi.