Trump-Kim Summit: First Day of Talks in Hanoi

• President Trump and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, are in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, for their second summit meeting.

• The two leaders were scheduled to have dinner on Wednesday night at the colonial-era Metropole Hotel before holding meetings on Thursday. See photos from our White House photographer, Doug Mills, and other photographers traveling with the president.

• Tensions between the two countries have eased significantly, but it is unclear whether any breakthroughs will emerge, such as a freeze on nuclear production, a peace agreement aimed at formally ending the Korean War or a schedule for dismantling the North’s arsenal.

In the week leading up to the summit, the news media feverishly guessed at the venue of the meetings between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Would it be the State Guesthouse, a French colonial former governor’s residential palace? Or the Hanoi Opera House around the corner?

Now, with the White House’s confirmation that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim would dine at the storied Metropole Hotel on Wednesday night, all bets are on that hotel to be the venue for the working sessions on Thursday as well.

Suites there are named after famous historic guests including Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. A wall of photos in one hallway off the lobby also shows Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Since Tuesday, guests have been required to pass through metal detectors and show identification confirming that they have paid rooms. Warnings have gone out that several facilities, including the hotel’s famed bars, will be closed Wednesday night.

Members of Hanoi’s mobile police force, in all black uniforms, white gloves, and carrying police batons, guarded the entrances. When asked Tuesday night if the preparations were for the summit meeting, one officer only smiled and said, “Security.”

One security measure in the Metropole’s favor: There’s a Vietnam War-era bomb shelter beneath the hotel.

Mr. Trump’s official schedule begins at 11 a.m. local time on Wednesday, with a meeting with the president of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also the general secretary of the country’s ruling Communist Party.

There is a planned “commercial trade signing” on Wednesday, the White House said, without providing details. The Vietnamese news media reported over the weekend that VietJet Air, a private Vietnamese airline, was expected to announce a purchase of 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets worth nearly $13 billion at list prices.

On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that if North Korea gives up nuclear arms, it could see economic success like Vietnam’s.

“We still don’t know exactly what format the end-of-war declaration will take, but there is an ample possibility of North Korea and the United States agreeing to such a declaration,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.

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