Kim Jong-un expected in Vietnam early ahead of summit with Trump for vanguard news . Kim Jong-un, North
Korea’s leader, is expected to arrive in Vietnam next Monday ahead of a planned second summit ,
On nuclear disarmament with Donald Trump, the US president.
Mr Trump and Kim are due to meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday, aiming to break
an ongoing deadlock since they first met in Singapore last June over the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
However, three sources told Reuters that Kim will travel in advance to the communist-ruled nation for bilateral meetings with Vietnamese officials.
If confirmed, it would be the first state visit of a North Korean leader since his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, travelled to the country in 1964.
Kim could also visit Vietnam’s manufacturing base of Bac Ninh, east of the capital, and the industrial port town of
Hai Phong. A Reuters witness saw Kim’s close aide, Kim Chang Son, in Hanoi on Saturday visiting a government guesthouse and the Metropole and Melia hotels in the city centre.
A delegation led by Kim was also spotted scouting the routes to Bac Ninh over the weekend.
South Korean newswire Yonhap on Monday speculated that Kim may seek to visit a smartphone factory owned by
South Korea’s tech giant, Samsung, which is located in the same area. However, the report was not confirmed by the company.
Ha Long bay, a popular tourist destination famous for its towering limestone islands, has also been touted as a possible excursion.
The two countries were former Cold War allies before relations began to decline from 1968 over disagreements about
Regional politics and engagement with the US, and later because of investment and trade disputes.