February 25, 2019 | 09:11 pm GMT+7

Northern border railway station spruced up to welcome Kim Jong-un

The Dong Dang station in Lang Son Province has got a sparkling makeover to accord a red carpet welcome to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Northern border railway station spruced up to welcome Kim Jong-un

All efforts are being made to make the railway station on the northern border with China spotlessly clean and charming with bonsais and bright flowers to welcome North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Vietnam.

On Monday, preparations were almost complete to get the station ready to receive the armored train carrying the leader on his official first visit to Vietnam and the second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi.

Kim Jong-un is scheduled to arrive at the Dong Dang station Tuesday morning after a long trip of 4,500 kilometers that began in Pyongyang Saturday.

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Soldiers patrol the area outside the railway station.

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Workers are close to completing the installation of stairs for the distinguished guests to disembark from the train.

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A red carpet welcome awaits the North Korean leader and his entourage.

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The station’s roof has been repainted and the tracks and pavements are spick and span.

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Authorities have mobilized special vehicles at the border station in preparation for a grand welcoming ceremony for the North Korean leader.

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Hundreds of army and police forces have been deputized to patrol the road along National Highway 1A that leads to the station.

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Local and foreign reporters covering the Trump-Kim summit are already taking their places outside the station.

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) had confirmed Sunday that Kim Jong-un boarded a train from Pyongyang a day earlier to Hanoi for his second summit with U.S. President Trump and to make his first official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Trump and Kim will meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, eight months after their historic first summit in Singapore in June. At the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, both sides had pledged to work for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Giang Huy