February 24, 2019 | 10:53 am GMT+7

North Korean security agents arrive in Hanoi for Trump-Kim summit

An Il-76MD aircraft carrying dozens of North Korean security officers landed at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi Sunday morning.

The delegation walked into the VIP A gate where North Korean special envoy Kim Hyok-chol was waiting to receive them.  

The agents are in charge of ensuring security for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his official visit to Vietnam and his second meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

They touched down at Noi Bai at 9:20 a.m. and were seen stopping at Melia Hotel in Hanoi center at 11 a.m.

The aircraft carrying 100 security officers of North Korea lands at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi Sunday morning. Photo by VnExpress/Ba Do

The aircraft carrying 100 security officers of North Korea lands at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi Sunday morning. Photo by VnExpress/Ba Do

The Trump-Kim summit is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday next week.

North Korean security agents walk towards the VIP A terminal at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Ba Do

North Korean security agents walk towards the VIP A terminal at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

On Saturday, a delegation of more than 200 U.S. Secret Service agents had arrived in Hanoi to ensure security for Trump.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had said 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.

The statement did not mention specific dates for Kim's first visit to Vietnam.

The first Trump-Kim summit was held in Singapore in June 2018, but negotiations failed to make much headway owing to disagreement on the concept of denuclearization.

A North Korean agent smiles as he leaves Noi Bai Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai

A North Korean agent smiles as he leaves Noi Bai Airport. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Hai

Ba Do, Anh Ngoc