Trump arrives in Hanoi for summit with N.K. leader

February 26, 2019

 U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Vietnam Tuesday for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump touched down just before 9 p.m. at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi, from where a black limousine took him to his hotel, the JW Marriott.

A red carpet was rolled out on the tarmac to welcome the U.S. president as marching soldiers in white uniforms took position on both sides of the carpet.

After waving his right hand, Trump walked down a flight of steps to greet a row of dignitaries that included Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Kim on Wednesday and Thursday to seek a deal on dismantling the North’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for U.S. concessions.

“Heading over to Vietnam for my meeting with Kim Jong Un. Looking forward to a very productive Summit!” Trump tweeted while en route to Hanoi.

Kim arrived in the Vietnamese capital in the morning after traveling more than 3,000 kilometers by train from Pyongyang to the Vietnamese border town of Dong Dang.

The two men held a historic summit in Singapore in June — the first meeting between sitting leaders of the U.S. and North Korea — and committed to pursue complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Central to this week’s summit is how far Kim will commit to dismantling his country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and what concessions the U.S. will offer in return.

Among the expected results are North Korea’s closure of its main nuclear facility in Yongbyon, partial sanctions relief from the U.S. and a political declaration formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War.

The White House said Trump and Kim will have a brief one-on-one Wednesday evening, followed by a social dinner with two officials on each side.

Trump will be joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Kim will reportedly bring top aide Kim Yong-chol and a “third as yet unknown associate.”

No schedule has been provided for the second day. A source told Yonhap the formal summit talks will be held at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel Thursday