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Vietnam announces visit by North Korean leader Kim, before the Trump summit

HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will make an official visit to Vietnam in "coming days," said its Foreign Ministry on Saturday, when the South-East Asian country is preparing its summit with US President Donald Trump next week in the capital. Hanoi. FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the Defense Ministry of the People's Republic on the occasion of the Korean People's Army (KPA) 71th anniversary in Pyongyang in North Korea on February 8, 2019 KCNA Photo. KCNA via REUTERS Kim visits at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, president and general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, said the ministry in a statement but gave no further details. The Hanoi Summit on February 27 and 28 follow the two leaders' historic junior meeting in Singapore. The state media of North Korea has not yet confirmed Kim's trip to Vietnam or his summit with Trump. On February 26, Vietnam will ban traffic on the road. Kim is expected to go to Hanoi from a railway station at the Chinese border, state media said. But it also prepares a plan for receiving Kim in the air, a source of direct knowledge of the matter separately to Reuters. The preferred venue for the summit is Government Guesthouse, a colonial building in central Hanoi, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday. They said that the Metropole Hotel will be a reserve for the summit and Kim could possibly stay in the Melia hotel during his visit. A…

HANOI (Reuters) – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un will make an official visit to Vietnam in “coming days,” said its Foreign Ministry on Saturday, when the South-East Asian country is preparing its summit with US President Donald Trump next week in the capital. Hanoi.

FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the Defense Ministry of the People’s Republic on the occasion of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) 71th anniversary in Pyongyang in North Korea on February 8, 2019 KCNA Photo. KCNA via REUTERS

Kim visits at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, president and general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, said the ministry in a statement but gave no further details.

The Hanoi Summit on February 27 and 28 follow the two leaders’ historic junior meeting in Singapore.

The state media of North Korea has not yet confirmed Kim’s trip to Vietnam or his summit with Trump.

On February 26, Vietnam will ban traffic on the road. Kim is expected to go to Hanoi from a railway station at the Chinese border, state media said.

But it also prepares a plan for receiving Kim in the air, a source of direct knowledge of the matter separately to Reuters.

The preferred venue for the summit is Government Guesthouse, a colonial building in central Hanoi, three sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

They said that the Metropole Hotel will be a reserve for the summit and Kim could possibly stay in the Melia hotel during his visit. A Reuters witness saw workers putting communication cables on the streets behind Metropole late Friday.

At the same time, some foreign media organizations received a note from Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, which prohibits live broadcasts in and around the Melia Hotel and Hoan Kiem Lake in central Hanoi.

The JW Marriott hotel, where Trump is expected to stay, will also be unlimited live broadcasts, according to a copy of the note reviewed by Reuters.

Several hotels that visited Reuters on Saturday around Hoan Kiem Lake, a popular tourist spot in the Vietnamese capital, said they had been told by the authorities to restrict access to the rooftops.

Further reporting by Minh Nguyen, Kham Nguyen and Ju-min Park; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Jacqueline Wong

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