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Trump-Kim Summit

Trump-Kim summit preparations hit a fever pitch in Hanoi

US and North Korean leaders set to arrive in Vietnam on Tuesday

U.S. and North Korean flags are ubiquitous around Hanoi as the Vietnamese capital prepares to receive President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.   © Reuters

HANOI -- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to arrive Tuesday in Vietnam, where preparations for their second summit are progressing rapidly ahead of the two-day meeting that begins Wednesday.

Kim, who left North Korea by train Saturday, is expected to arrive at a station in Vietnam via China as early as Tuesday morning. At Dong Dang station near the border, people who appear to be government officials have been visiting regularly, and a new ramp for arriving passengers was installed. From his train, Kim likely will board a car to Hanoi.

After arriving in the capital, Kim is scheduled to meet with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, who doubles as general secretary of the Communist Party.

Trump will arrive at Hanoi's international airport Tuesday night, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He meets with Nguyen on Wednesday.

Military and security personnel are out in force around the leaders' possible hotels and summit sites. The roadsides are lined with American and North Korean flags with Vietnamese ones between them, setting the stage for an event playing out under the international spotlight.

An international press center opens Tuesday. About 3,000 journalists are expected to attend, most of them foreign reporters.

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