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Vietnam military, police cordon off railway station to prepare for Kim Jong Un’s arrival

Monday, February 25, 2019, 16:48 GMT+7
Vietnam military, police cordon off railway station to prepare for Kim Jong Un’s arrival
Soldiers guard Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, located in northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has deployed hundreds of soldiers, police officers, and militiamen to block a railway station on the border with China, where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to arrive by train later this week before going to Hanoi for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Dong Dang Railway Station put on a new face on Monday morning as repair work, painting, and floral arrangements had been completed.

The station, located in Lang Son Province, which borders China’s Guangxi, is ready to welcome Kim, who is scheduled to come on Tuesday.

The North Korean leader is on a train leaving Pyongyang, traveling through China before arriving at Dong Dang, where he will embark on a 170km journey in a car to the Vietnamese capital to attend the second North Korea-U.S. Summit on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Korean Central News Agency and Vietnamese media.

Soldiers and security officers are stationed along many roads leading to the railway station.

Police dogs and walk-through metal detectors have also been sent to the site to guarantee absolute safety for the North Korean leader’s arrival.

The Vietnamese military has dispatched soldiers to the Dong Dang fortress, many hills, and a lot of buildings around the station for surveillance purposes.

A resident told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that locals had been told to clear sidewalks, stalls, and eateries in the vicinity of the station in order to welcome Kim.

Railway officials have already banned all domestic train traffic at Dong Dang, effective from February 24 to March 2, with exception given to trains running between Vietnam and China.

Lang Son administrators, police officials, and military cadres came to the station for a check on safety work on Monday morning.

The chair of the Lang Son People’s Committee on Sunday ordered his personnel to clean the roads, moderate traffic, and ensure complete security and safety in the area from February 24 to 28.

Along the road from Hanoi to Lang Son, guard stations have been erected to monitor all activities throughout March 3.

Last week, Vietnam announced Kim Jong Un would also pay an official visit to the country “in the coming days,” without specifying the date.

Workers clean Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, located in northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Workers clean Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, located in northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers patrol outside Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers patrol outside Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers observe from atop a building near Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers observe from atop a building near Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
A soldier patrols on an overpass leading to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
A soldier patrols on an overpass leading to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
A walk-through metal detector is brought to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre
A walk-through metal detector is brought to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre
Officials and military leaders check Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre
Officials and military leaders check Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers and militiamen stand guard along a road leading to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre
Soldiers and militiamen stand guard along a road leading to Dong Dang Railway Station in Lang Son Province, northern Vietnam, February 25, 2019. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

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