Vietnam ready to greet Kim, Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begins his long armoured train journey across China to Vietnamfor the summit with Trump.

Pyongyang to Hanoi is 4k kms, Kim Jong Un  setting off on the 48-hour train journey to Vietnam where he’ll meet US president Donald Trump

By Lee Chi-dong

HANOI, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) — The Vietnamese government announced Monday it’s fully ready to host a second summit between the leaders of North Korea and the United States this week despite quite a short preparation period.

“I am glad to inform you that all dimensions of preparations have been completed,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung said during a press conference at the International Media Center (IMC) established at the Cultural Friendship Palace.

He said it was not an easy task because of the short notice.

Vietnam was formally informed on Feb. 6 that it has been picked as the host of the two-day summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump to open Wednesday.

Two days later, there was another announcement that the capital city of Hanoi will be the summit location.

More related information was not available until mid-February, the deputy minister said.

“Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung (R) speaks during a press conference held at the International Media Center for a second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi on Feb. 25, 2019. (Yonhap)”

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung (R) speaks during a press conference held at the International Media Center for a second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi on Feb. 25, 2019. (Yonhap)

“Until today, we had only 10 days (for preparations),” he said, adding Singapore had almost two months to prepare for the first Trump-Kim summit in June last year.

He stressed that the Vietnamese authorities and people will make utmost efforts to successfully host the summit amid news reports on positive signs of summit results.

“But it’s up to the two leaders and the two countries to decide the contents of their agreement,” he pointed out.

He said Vietnam is honored to play host to the historic event and view it as a chance to gain international recognition of what it has done on the global stage.

“It’s our desire as well to show our achievements, including the comprehensive reforms of Doi Moi,” he said.

The Southeast Asian country is cited as a possible model for North Korea as far as its economic growth is concerned.

While seeking to draw concessions from Trump on political and economic incentives for denuclearization and a peace regime in the bilateral summit, North Korea’s leader is expected to focus on promoting economic partnerships with Vietnam and inspecting its economic development in his upcoming “official friendly” visit here.

Meanwhile, around 3,000 journalists from more than 200 agencies in nearly 40 countries will cover the summit, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.

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