HANOI, Vietnam — US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday kicked off their summit with a one-on-one meeting followed by a dinner in Hanoi.
|US President Donald Trump (Left) shakes hands with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un before a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Wednesday. (AFP-Yonhap)|
Trump and Kim, who both arrived in Hanoi a day earlier, met for the first time at about 6:30 p.m. at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel.
Official US-North Korea summit events began with Trump and Kim holding a private meeting, followed by a dinner with top aides in attendance.
Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and an interpreter. Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.
Ahead of the meeting, Trump spent the day meeting Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, and signed a major trade deal involving the airline industries of the two countries.
Kim is set to meet with Vietnamese officials Friday, when he begins the two-day goodwill visit to Vietnam.
Kim spent Wednesday out of public view, apparently remaining inside his hotel throughout the day. Members of the North Korean delegation, including O Su-yong, vice chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and director of the party’s economic affairs department, visited industrial and tourism spots near Hanoi.
The North Korean leader is believed to have spent the day discussing the summit with his aides, continuing on from the previous day.
Although Kim was rumored to have plans to visit a number of locations in Vietnam, he spent most of Tuesday at his hotel after arriving in Hanoi at about 11 a.m. Kim is said to have been briefed by officials who engaged the US in working-level talks.
Kim’s only itinerary Tuesday was a brief trip to the North Korean Embassy in Vietnam, where he spent about one hour from 5 p.m., before returning straight back to the hotel.
By Choi He-suk
Korea Herald Correspondent
Source : koreaherald