February 24, 2019 | 03:03 am PT

PM calls for error-free arrangements for Trump-Kim summit

PM calls for error-free arrangements for Trump-Kim summit
Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) checks internet cable at the North Korea-U.S. summit’s media center in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 24, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Sunday ordered all agencies to ensure absolute safety and security for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday next week, eight months after their summit in Singapore in June, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

"The historic summit is a highlighted event that has caught the entire world's attention and Vietnam is proud to be chosen as the venue," Phuc said at a meeting on Sunday at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Cultural Palace, which serves as the international media center for the event.

The PM said the summit was a good chance for Vietnam to project its image as a responsible, friendly and hospitable country.

He asked relevant agencies to do their utmost to create best conditions for the success of the summit and ensure absolute safety for all those arriving in the capital as it takes place.

"Make sure no mistakes happen..." he directed.

The international media center inaugurated Saturday at 91 Tran Hung Dao Street in Hoan Kiem District. It will serve around 3,000 reporters who will cover the meeting.

The media center, which will open 24x7 from February 26 to March 1, has a shared work space equipped with networked computers and LCD screens to watch live broadcasts of all events connected to the summit.

Press agencies can also rent space and set up their own nine-square-meter booth with tables, chairs, LCD screens, telephone lines, and an internet connection.

Pham Binh Minh, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister who visited North Korea earlier this month, said the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit will be the most significant political and diplomatic event happening in the country in 2019, one that would promote the image of Hanoi and Vietnam to the world.  

With just three days to go, security has been heightened to the highest level along major streets from Noi Bai Airport to Hanoi and in the city center.

A large police contingent of tens of thousands of officers have been deployed to maintain order and security during the summit, patrolling roads and the vicinities of hotels, train stations and airports.