Kim Jong-un spotted smoking at train station in China on his way to meet Donald Trump in Vietnam
The clip showed the dictator, who is a habitual smoker, puffing a cigarette and taking with North Korean officials at China's Nanning rail station.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un was spotted lighting and smoking a cigarette at a train station in China on Tuesday, just hours before his high-stakes summit in Vietnam with President Donald Trump.
Kim took a train through China to travel to Vietnam for his second meeting with the US president.
The Pyongyang dictator was spotted smoking and taking a pre-dawn break in a footage taken by Japan's TBS TV.
Despite pushing an anti-smoking campaign in North Korea, the dictator is frequently seen with a cigarette in his hands. The clip showed the dictator, who is a habitual smoker, puffing a cigarette and taking with North Korean officials at China's Nanning rail station.
The footage also showed a woman, who appeared to be Jong-un's sister Kim Yo Jong, holding a crystal ashtray in her hand for her brother. Yo Jong is considered one of the most powerful people in the regime. The video also showed a North Korean ruling party elite, Hyo Song Wol, who is also the leader of the famous Moranbong girl band that has been hand-picked by Kim, News18 reported.
Reports state that Hyon's inclusion in the North Korean leader's delegation has raised speculations that cultural events could also be part of the agreements reached between the United States and North Korea.
This is the second meeting of the leaders of the two countries in an effort to resolve an international standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles. The leaders will also seek to improve relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been filmed smoking a cigarette before boarding his train to Vietnam for his summit with Donald Trump.— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 26, 2019
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The North Korean dictator arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday after a 70-hour train ride which cut through southern China. It is not yet clear why Kim did not choose to fly and instead opted to travel thousands of miles through China.
According to some experts, this could have been an effort on North Korea's part to show its ties with its major ally China, which is an important leverage in Kim's negotiations with President Trump.
Many have also speculated that Kim may have tried to inspire nostalgia among North Koreans about their state founder— his charismatic grandfather Kim Il Sung — who often traveled on trains, according to reports.
Yeah, it really doesn’t get much more gangster than Kim Jong Un smoking a ciggie, does it pic.twitter.com/B1jQo2S6yU— Peter Hoskins (@PeterHoskinsTV) February 26, 2019
North Korea's state broadcaster, in July 2015, showed their leader casually smoking in front of one his liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles as it underwent preparations for a test launch.