February 25, 2019 | 06:42 pm PT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi for second summit with Trump

Kim Jong-un arrived at Hanoi's Melia Hotel in a Mercedes S600 Pullman Guard, after a long train journey from Pyongyang to China-Vietnam border. 

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    North Korean security agents get off to guard the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when his car arrives at the Melia Hotel. Photo by Vo Hai

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    North Korean reporters capture the scene of Vietnamese people standing along Trang Tien Street. Photo by Tat Dinh


    Vietnamese police tanks are parked on Trang Tien Street. Photo by Tat Dinh

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    Kim's car moves toward the five-star Melia Hotel where his entourage is expected to stay during the Vietnam visit. Photo by Pham Du


    People standing near the hotel, along Ly Thuong Kiet Street, wave Vietnamese and North Korean flags as the car fleet approaches. Photo by Pham Du

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    Kim's car is guided on Trang Tien Street in downtown Hanoi. Photo by Tat Dinh

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    Kim's car drives past the Hanoi Opera House. Photo by Ba Do

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    Kim's car passes through Chuong Duong Bridge towards the Hanoi Opera House. Photo by Lam Thoa

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    Kim's car drives on Nguyen Van Cu Street, Long Bien District, towards Hanoi center.

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    Kim's car fleet on the Phu Dong Bridge connecting Bac Ninh Province and Gia Lam District in Hanoi. Photo by Kieu Duong

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    Reporters wait on Trang Tien Street as Kim's car reaches Phu Dong Bridge connecting Bac Ninh and Gia Lam District in Hanoi. Photo by Tat Dinh

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    Hanoians gather at a street corner waiting to welcome Kim Jong-un. Photos by Tuan Cao


The armored train carrying Kim Jong-un and his entourage reached Dong Dang station in Lang Son Province Tuesday morning after a long trip of 4,500 km. He left in a car for Hanoi at around 8:30 a.m.

Kim is scheduled to be in Vietnam for his official first visit to the country and the second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi.

He will be accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, who has been a key negotiator in talks with the U.S., and Kim Yo Jong, the leader’s sister.

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Sunday that Kim Jong-un had boarded a train from Pyongyang to begin the journey to Vietnam on Saturday.

Over the past days, security has been tightened to the highest level at the railway station on the Chinese border which is now closed to welcome the North Korean leader’s arrival.

Trump and Kim will meet face-to-face in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, eight months after their historic summit in Singapore in June, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, at which they pledged to work towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that Kim Jong-un will pay an official visit to Vietnam in the coming days at the invitation of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong.