- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday.
- Kim and the US President Donald Trump will meet for their second nuclear summit this week.
- During their first summit in June 2018, they laid out an agreement for denuclearization and “lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
- Here are images of Kim’s arrival in Vietnam.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Dong Dang, Vietnam, at the border of China, on Tuesday.
As Business Insider’s Alexandra Ma reported, Kim took a three-and-a-half day ride on an armored train to get to Vietnam.
Source: Business Insider
Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, also traveled to Vietnam.
Kim Yo Jong has become “an important aide” to her brother. She serves as the vice department director of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee.
From Dong Dang, Kim traveled to Hanoi.
Vietnam is a significant location for both North Korea and the United States.
North Korea provided both “material and personnel” to Vietnam during the Vietnam War against the United States, The New York Times reported, and there are gravestones in Vietnam (though their remains were repatriated) for North Korean pilots killed during the war.
For the US, Vietnam was the site of a long and ultimately failed war that ended with North Vietnam defeating the US backed south in 1975. Since 1995, the two countries have worked to normalize relations (and become healthy trade partners), which The Times noted could be a model for North Korea.
South Korea also normalized relations with Vietnam in 1992.