FEB. 13, 2019 / 10:33 AM
Feb. 13 (UPI) — Kim Jong Un could arrive in Vietnam three days before his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi, according to a South Korean press report.
Kim Jong Un could arrive in Vietnam days ahead of President Donald Trump, according to a South Korean press report. File Photo by KCNA/UPI | License Photo
Kim, who last met with Trump in Singapore in 2018, could be traveling to Vietnam ahead of schedule in order to visit key industrial sites in Vietnam and hold a summit with Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong, South Korean television network MBC reported.
According to a senior-level South Korean official familiar with summit plans, Kim could arrive as early as Feb. 24, or at the latest on Feb. 25, which is a Monday.
MBC’s source said for two days, from Feb. 25 to 26, Kim could visit the industrial zone of Hai Phong, and see for himself the tourist attractions in Vietnam’s Halong Bay.
Vietnam recently completed construction on a highway connecting the two locations, and the trip could be an opportunity for Kim to examine the progress Vietnam has made following economic reforms. The trip and summit would also give Kim a chance to again bolster his legitimacy before the eyes of ordinary North Koreans, and renew his image as a forward-thinking leader, according to MBC.
The report of Kim’s plans comes at a time of continued North Korean condemnations of the South’s military.
News 1 reported Wednesday Pyongyang’s Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun accused the South’s army of making “dangerous military movements.”
“The unusual movements of the South Korean military force is raising internal and external concerns,” the newspaper said.
The Rodong stated South Korea’s head of the joint chiefs of staff Park Han-ki had inspected the preparedness of the various air and naval divisions before the Lunar New Year.
North Korea also said cold weather training that recently took place in the South’s Gangwon Province was a “retrogressive” move that challenged the flow of dialogue and peace.
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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