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Pictures: Kim Jong Un arrives in Vietnam

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.
  • Echo Huang
By Echo Huang

Reporter

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.

Reuters/Stringer
Kim arrives by train at Dong Dang, Vietnam yesterday (Feb. 25).
Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha
Kim is greeted by Vietnamese officials in Dang Dong.
Reuters Via VNA/Nhan Sang
Kim at the train station in Dang Dong.
AP Photo/Minh Hoang
Kim gets into a limousine as he heads for Hanoi, surrounded by security agents.
AP Photo/Minh Hoang
The limo carries Kim on his way to Hanoi, security agents close at hand
Reuters/Stringer
Kim waves as his car is en route to Hanoi.
AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe
Police clear road outside of Hanoi ahead of Kim’s arrival.
Reuters/Ann Wang
Kim’s motorcade passes the Opera House in Hanoi.
Reuters/Jorge Silva
The North Korean leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong arrives at the North Korean embassy in Hanoi.
Reuters via Yonhap
Kim leaves the North Korea embassy in Hanoi.
Reuters/Jorge Silva
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.

Andrew Harnik/Pool/Reuters
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
Pompeo and Vietnamese deputy prime minister Pham Binh Minh arrive at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi.

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