Kim Jong Un makes a splash in Vietnam as Trump lands

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Published on February 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

Kim Jong Un makes a splash in Vietnam as Trump lands

Since arriving in Vietnam, the North Korean leader has had several viral moments ahead of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Grace Lee reports.


Kim Jong Un makes a splash in Vietnam as Trump lands

One day before the big summit, Hanoi's streets were lined with crowds waiting for a glimpse of Kim Jong Un.

The North Korean leader pulled up to Vietnam early Tuesday morning (February 26), and since then he's been the talk of the town.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS TV REPORTER GRACE LEE SAYING: "I'm outside the North Korean embassy where Kim Jong Un kicked off his Vietnam trip with a dinner here.

His visit makes him the first North Korean leader to come here since his grandfather Kim il sung in 1964.

Kim's grandfather was also the founder of North Korea.

These images we see of Kim for his trip - which are strikingly similar to what we saw with his grandfather- May serve as powerful propaganda back in the North - and its a chance for Kim to show a more statesman-like side abroad." Kim has also had several viral moments since arriving in Vietnam.

The first one happened as soon as he got off his train when a translator - now nicknamed Usain Bolt - had to sprint to catch up to him.

Though running in North Korea might just be the norm... This video of Kim taking a smoke break en route to Vietnam has also been making the rounds on social media.

But not everyone's enamoured by the North Korean leader.

In South Korea protesters held a rally near the U.S. embassy while slashing Kim Jong Un's photos.

They say Donald Trump shouldn't fall for Kim's "fake peace strategies." The U.S. president touched down in Hanoi late Tuesday evening setting the stage for the second big summit between the two leaders.

They'll be meeting Wednesday (February 27) evening to talk - once again - about North Korea's nuclear weapons.

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