A group of North Koreans arrived in Hanoi on Sunday morning prior to the second DPRK-U.S. Summit scheduled to take place on February 27 and 28 in the Vietnamese capital.
The group, with around 100 members in uniform, landed at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on an Ilyushin Il-76 plane operated by North Korea’s flag carrier Air Koryo.
The multipurpose four-engine aircraft can carry up to 60 tonnes of goods or hold 150 armed soldiers in military activities.
|The Air Koryo aircraft carrying about 100 North Koreans for the second DPRK-U.S. Summit is pictured at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 24, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
The group then left for the downtown hotel of Meliá Hanoi in cars and buses.
It has been unclear whether Kim Jong Un’s armored vehicle was brought by the aircraft to the city.
The North Korean leader traveled in his Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard luxury limousine during the first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in mid-2018.
|North Korean staff are seen on a bus leaving for a hotel in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, February 24, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
|Cars carrying North Korean staff for the second DPRK-U.S. Summit run on a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 24, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|
|North Korean staff enter Meliá Hanoi via the back door due to the presence of numerous reporters at the front of the hotel, located in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, on February 24, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre|