The flags of North Korea and the United States were ubiquitous on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, with the red, white and blue of both nations on show before the highly anticipated second round of meetings between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.
At the meetings, scheduled to begin officially on Wednesday, the two leaders were expected to delve into a variety of tangled diplomatic topics, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The location of the summit meeting holds symbolic meaning, because Vietnam, which has long had a relatively friendly relationship with the notoriously reclusive North Korea, is viewed by the United States and South Korea as a potential model for Pyongyang.
Mr. Kim arrived in Vietnam early Tuesday morning after journeying by armored train through China and then continuing on by motorcade.
Later in the day, Mr. Trump’s plane arrived in Hanoi, where he was received by “Tremendous crowds and so much love!,” according to a message he posted on Twitter.
The two leaders were set to begin talks with a private dinner on Wednesday evening, the White House announced, followed by a series of formal meetings the next day.