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Security tightened in Hanoi for arrival of Kim Jong Un

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 10:44 GMT+7
Security tightened in Hanoi for arrival of Kim Jong Un
Police officers lock down the area in front of the Hanoi Opera house on the morning of February 26, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Security has been beefed up at multiple locations in Hanoi since early Tuesday morning to prepare for the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un around noon the same day.

Chairman Kim left Pyongyang on a train on Saturday and arrived at Dong Dang Railway Station in the northern Vietnamese province of Lang Son on Tuesday morning, where he immediately embarked on a 170 km journey to Hanoi by car.

He is due to meet Trump in the Vietnamese capital on Wednesday and Thursday for the second North Korea-U.S. Summit.

As of Tuesday noon, police officers have already set up barriers in front of the Hanoi Opera House and redirected traffic to clear the road for the motorcade of the North Korean leader.

Security was even tighter at the Melia Hanoi Hotel, where Kim Jong Un is believed to be staying during his trip.

Military officers on top of a building on Trang Tien Street. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre
Military officers on top of a building on Trang Tien Street. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

All staff members of the venue have to present their personnel cards and IDs and can only enter after officers check their names on a list.

Blockades were also placed on such streets as Ngo Quyen and Trang Tien, as well as the intersection of Ly Thuong Kiet and Quang Trung Streets, while many officers are tasked with patrolling the routes.

Military officers on top of a building on Trang Tien Street. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre
Military officers on top of a building on Trang Tien Street. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A large number of reporters gathered at these locations, especially in front of the Melia Hanoi Hotel, at dawn on Tuesday despite the cold and rainy weather.

Some had to use umbrellas and raincoats to cover their cameras and other tools to prevent them from getting wet.

Blockade is placed at the intersection of Ly Thuong Kiet and Quang Trung Streets. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre
Barricades are placed at the intersection of Ly Thuong Kiet and Quang Trung Streets. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre

U.S. President Trump is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi later on Tuesday.

Both Kim and Trump are also due to hold separate talks with Vietnamese leaders. The high-profile leaders met for their first summit in Singapore last June.

Security personnel are seen near the Melia hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019.  Photo: Reuters
Security personnel are seen near the Melia Hanoi Hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Security personnel are seen near the Melia hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019.  Photo: Reuters
Security personnel are seen near the Melia Hanoi Hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Security personnel are seen near the Melia hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019.  Photo: Reuters
Security personnel are seen near the Melia Hanoi Hotel ahead of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019. Photo: Reuters
International reporters prepare their gadgets. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
International reporters prepare their gadgets. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
International reporters prepare their gadgets. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
International reporters prepare their gadgets. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
Police officers are mobilized in front of the Hanoi Opera house. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Police officers are mobilized in front of the Hanoi Opera house. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
A reporter works in front of the Melia Hanoi Hotel despite the rainy weather. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
A reporter works in front of the Melia Hanoi Hotel despite the rainy weather. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre
An officer checks the name of an employee of the Melia Hotel. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre
An officer checks the name of an employee of the Melia Hanoi Hotel. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre

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