North Korean officials were gathering at a Vietnamese train station on the border with China on Tuesday to welcome the arrival of leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
At Dong Dang Station, several kilometers south of the Chinese border, a military band started playing amid tight security and rows of Vietnamese and North Korean flags lining the entrance.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to arrive soon after traveling across China on the train that left Pyongyang station Saturday afternoon.
Top North Korean officials, including his "butler," Kim Chang-son, and top nuclear negotiator, Kim Hyok-chol, were spotted outside the building.
They were joined by others such as North Korean Ambassador to Vietnam Kim Myong-gil and Pak Chol, vice chairman of the Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.
Access to the entrance was blocked from meters out while security personnel were deployed around the station in helmets and bulletproof vests.
On the platform in view through the main entrance, a red carpet was laid out with several steps leading up to where the train will arrive.(Yonhap)