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Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet for dinner at colonial-era Hanoi hotel

Updated : 2019-02-27 13:01:32

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begin their second summit in less than a year in the Vietnamese capital on Wednesday, with the US side seeking tangible steps by North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

The White House said Trump would meet Kim at Hanoi's French-colonial-era Metropole Hotel at 6:30 pm and have a 20-minute one-on-one conversation before a dinner scheduled to last just over an hour and a half.

The Metropole hotel is seen ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo)
The Metropole hotel is seen ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo)
Vietnamese police are seen outside the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Vietnamese police are seen outside the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
A stairway leading to a Vietnam War-era bomb bunker entrance is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/So Young Kim)
A stairway leading to a Vietnam War-era bomb bunker entrance is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/So Young Kim)
A Vietnam war-era bomb bunker is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/So Young Kim
A Vietnam war-era bomb bunker is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/So Young Kim
A Vietnam war-era bomb bunker is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. Picture taken February 26, 2019. REUTERS/So Young Kim
A Vietnam war-era bomb bunker is seen at the French colonial-era Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 26, 2019. Picture taken February 26, 2019. REUTERS/So Young Kim
US President Donald Trump waves a Vietnamese flag as he is greeted by students during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Office of Government Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
US President Donald Trump waves a Vietnamese flag as he is greeted by students during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Office of Government Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
(L-R) Kevin McCallister (L), president and chief executive officer of Boeing commercial airplanes, US President Donald Trump, Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Trinh Van Quyet, president of FLC Group, attend a signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
(L-R) Kevin McCallister (L), president and chief executive officer of Boeing commercial airplanes, US President Donald Trump, Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong and Trinh Van Quyet, president of FLC Group, attend a signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Key rings depicting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump is seen for sale ahead of their summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Key rings depicting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump is seen for sale ahead of their summit in Hanoi. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
A man plays the guitar in front of a huge screen broadcasting North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's arrival in Vietnam for the upcoming summit with US President Donald Trump, in Tokyo, Japan. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
A man plays the guitar in front of a huge screen broadcasting North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's arrival in Vietnam for the upcoming summit with US President Donald Trump, in Tokyo, Japan. (REUTERS/Issei Kato)
People wave the national flags of North Korea and the US near security personnel as they wait for the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un outside the Melia hotel ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
People wave the national flags of North Korea and the US near security personnel as they wait for the motorcade of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un outside the Melia hotel ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai International Airport for a second summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai International Airport for a second summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai Airport for the US-DPRK summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kham/Pool)
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai Airport for the US-DPRK summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kham/Pool)
Children react with balloons at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship kindergarten, founded by North Korean Government in Hanoi, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
Children react with balloons at the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship kindergarten, founded by North Korean Government in Hanoi, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un receives briefing from the working team of the second DPRK-USA summit, upon arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un receives briefing from the working team of the second DPRK-USA summit, upon arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). (KCNA via REUTERS)
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). (KCNA via REUTERS)
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen here at Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is seen here at Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is welcomed at Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is welcomed at Dong Dang railway station, Vietnam, at the border with China in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits the North Korean Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam February 26, 2019 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai Airport for the US-DPRK summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kham/Pool)
US President Donald Trump arrives at Noi Bai Airport for the US-DPRK summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. (REUTERS/Kham/Pool)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) attends a working lunch alongside President Donald Trump (L) during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (unseen) at the Office of Government Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) attends a working lunch alongside President Donald Trump (L) during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (unseen) at the Office of Government Hall in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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