Kim Jong Un leaves Pyongyang for Hanoi to meet Trump

Trump meets Kim in Vietnam for 2nd round of nuclear talks

Trump and Kim will meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, eight months after their historic summit in Singapore in June - the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader - at which they pledged to work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

If the train does trundle all the way to Hanoi carrying the North Korean leader, it will mean a almost 4,000-km, 60-hour journey on board for Kim.

The visit by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, will be made at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, the ministry announced on its website.

Kim and Trump are scheduled to meet for their much-awaited second summit on Wednesday and Thursday in Hanoi.

But several sources said Kim was expected to arrive in Vietnam by train, stopping at the Dong Dang train station near the China border, then driving to Hanoi.

It could take Kim at least two and a half days to travel the thousands of kilometers through China by train to Vietnam. Kim traveled to Singapore on a plane lent to him by China.

North Korea's state media has yet to confirm either Kim's trip to Vietnam or his summit with Trump.

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First, Trump will meet the soon-to-be enthroned 126th emperor of the world's oldest monarchy, Crown Prince Naruhito, who is set to ascend the throne on the first week of May.

Security was tight before the train's arrival, with police cordoning off the riverfront some 100m from the bridge with tape and metal barriers, and leading an AFP journalist out of the area. While North Korea has repeatedly demanded that the United States take corresponding measures, including sanctions relief, Washington has called for more concrete steps from Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

Two sources with direct knowledge of security and logistics planning told Reuters on Wednesday that Vietnam was preparing for Kim to arrive by train.

Rail travel is a family tradition that was started by Kim's grandfather, the North's founder Kim Il Sung.

The engine and carriages appeared similar, possibly identical, to the train Kim used the previous year to travel to the Chinese capital for his first overseas visit.

Hanoi has been gearing up for the summit with beefed-up security.

Trump will meet with Kim one-on-one in Hanoi for a meal and have lengthier negotiations over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, where they will be joined by aides, USA officials said.

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