Kim Jong Un is taking a laborious 3.5-day train ride to meet Trump in Vietnam, and it could be because he’s too embarrassed to borrow a plane from China

Kim Jong Un is taking a laborious 3.5-day train ride to meet Trump in Vietnam, and it could be because he’s too embarrassed to borrow a plane from China, by Aexandra Ma.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is taking a 2,000-mile, 3-1/2-day train ride to meet US President Donald Trump in Vietnam this Wednesday, most likely to save face because he doesn’t want to ask China to lend him a plane.

Kim boarded his family’s armoured train at Pyongyang Station on Saturday evening, and he plans to arrive in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Tuesday, the day before his summit is scheduled there with Trump. …

Last year, Kim borrowed a Boeing 747 plane from Air China, the airline majority-owned by the Chinese state, to get himself to Singapore in June for his first summit with Trump.

His 40-year-old, Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-62 plane was deemed unsafe for the voyage at the time. …

The North Korean leader did not appreciate remarks about his reliance on China last year, Cheng Xiaohe, a North Korea expert at Beijing’s Renmin University, told The New York Times.

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