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Vietnam leader accords warm welcome to North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un

MAR. 1, 2019

First Vietnam visit by a North Korean leader in 55 years begins Friday with grand welcome ceremony.

  • Chairman Kim and President Trong attend bilateral talks.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

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    Photo by Giang Huy

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    Photo by Giang Huy

  • Chairman Kim Jong-un and Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong shake hands inside the Presidential Palace before starting their conference.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

  • Chairman Kim Jong-un and Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong walk into the conference room at the Presidential Palace.

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  • President Trong introduces Chairman Kim with Vietnamese top officials.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

  • Chairman Kim Jong-un and Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong review the troops. Photo by Giang Huy

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  • Chairman Kim Jong-un and Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong attend a flag-raising ceremony. Photo by Giang Huy

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    Chairman Kim hugs Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo by Giang Huy

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    Kim Yo-jong takes the bouquet from her brother Kim Jong-un at the ceremony. Photo by Giang Huy

  • Chairman Kim Jong-un leaves Melia Hotel.

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    Photo by Reuters

    Kim Jong-un has been in Vietnam since Tuesday morning. His second denuclearization summit with U.S. President Donald Trump ended with no deals signed on Thursday, due to disagreements over lifting the sanctions on North Korea.

  • Vietnamese students wave North Korean and Vietnamese flags to welcome Chairman Kim.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

  • Ceremonial guards get ready to welcome Chairman Kim at the Presidential Palace.

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    Photo by Giang Huy

    Video by Giang Huy

Kim Jong-un on Friday began a two-day official visit to Vietnam after his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim is scheduled to hold talks with Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Friday afternoon, visit and lay wreaths at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs and visit the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh.

This marks the first visit by a North Korean leader to Vietnam in 55 years since Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, visited in 1964.

In 1950 North Korea became one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam after only China and the Soviet Union.

Kim arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday morning after a more than 60-hour train journey from Pyongyang. His second summit with U.S. President Trump ended in Hanoi Thursday without any deal being signed because of disagreements over lifting of the sanctions imposed on North Korea.

He will leave on Saturday.

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