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Inside the media center for Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 09:40 GMT+7
Inside the media center for Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi
The exterior of the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Labor Cultural Palace in Hanoi, where an international media center is set up for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit, is shown in this photo. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi is taking final steps of setting up an international media center for the upcoming meeting between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea in the Vietnamese capital.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in Hanoi on February 27-28, their second meeting in less than a year after a historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Around 2,600 foreign reporters have registered to work at the high-profile event representing international media agencies, according to Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung.

Additionally, hundreds of Vietnamese journalists are also expected to be reporting from Hanoi during the two-day meeting, he said.

Vietnam had less than 20 days to prepare for the high-profile event after President Trump officially announced on February 8 that Hanoi would host his second meeting with Chairman Kim, Trung said.

In comparison, Singapore had nearly two months for preparations when it hosted the leaders’ first summit last year, he added.

Welders assemble metal frames used for affixing posters inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Welders assemble metal frames used for affixing posters inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Despite this, works are almost done to set up an international media center for the summit at the Vietnam-Soviet Friendship Labor Cultural Palace in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi as of Friday afternoon.

The 4,000-square-meter venue is divided into three seperate zones – a common working space, a dining hall, and private areas that have been rented by media agencies to establish their temporary hubs while reporting on the event.

Three main meals and multiple side meals will be served per day at the media center’s grand dining hall during the course of the U.S. - North Korea summit to ensure all reporters are well-nourished.

The media center will open on Monday (February 25) and remain in operation 24/7 until March 1.

A grand dining hall inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A grand dining hall inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A grand dining hall inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A grand dining hall inside the international media center for the second U.S - North Korea Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Posters promoting the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit in Vietnam are posted inside the event’s international media center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Posters promoting the U.S - North Korea Summit in Vietnam are posted inside the event’s international media center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A section of a common working space inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A section of a common working space inside the international media center for the U.S - North Korea Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A common working space inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Private areas that are rented by media agencies are seen on the right side of the photo. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
A common working space inside the international media center for the U.S - North Korea Summit​​​​​​​. Private areas that are rented by media agencies are seen on the right side of the photo. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Technicians do the wirings for Internet connection and telecommunications inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Technicians do the wirings for Internet connection and telecommunications inside the international media center for the U.S - North Korea Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Technicians do the wirings for Internet connection and telecommunications inside the international media center for the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Technicians do the wirings for Internet connection and telecommunications inside the international media center for the U.S - North Korea Summit​​​​​​​. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Posters promoting the DPRK-USA Hanoi Summit in Vietnam are posted inside the event’s international media center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Posters promoting the U.S - North Korea Summit​​​​​​​ in Vietnam are posted inside the event’s international media center. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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