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(US-NK summit) N. Korea opposes convention center in Hanoi as venue for summit with U.S.: source

All Headlines 15:24 February 19, 2019

HANOI, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has opposed a convention center in Hanoi as a possible venue for the upcoming summit meeting between leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, apparently due to safety concerns, a local government source said Tuesday.

The National Convention Center (NCC) has been cited as one of the most likely possible sites for the Feb. 27-28 summit, but the source said, on condition of anonymity, that the facility has been excluded from the candidate list at the North's demand.

The North appears to have objected to the convention center due to concerns that its sprawling space would make it difficult for security personnel to ensure the safety of its leader during the two-day summit, the source added.

The decision is believed to have been conveyed during talks among North Korean officials led by Kim Chang-son, de facto chief of staff to the North's leader, and their counterparts from Vietnam and the U.S. on protocol and other logistical issues.

The NCC was built in 2006 for a summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation members. It is located near the JW Marriott, where U.S. President Trump is widely expected to stay for the summit.

With the convention center out, three candidate places for the meeting are frequently being mentioned. They are the Intercontinental Hotel, the state guesthouse of Vietnam and the Hanoi Opera House, all of which Kim Chang-son reportedly checked at least once.

The National Convention Center in Hanoi (Yonhap)


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