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Kim Jong-un is on a train to Vietnam. What is his special train?

Source: Beijing Daily

According to Xinhua News Agency, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on February 23 that at the invitation of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President of the State, Mr. Jin Fuen, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Council Kim Jong-un will be officially friendly to Vietnam in the next few days. access. According to a report by People's Daily on February 24, Kim Jong-un left Pyongyang on the afternoon of February 23. The DPRK-US summit will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from February 27th to 28th.

Along the ancestor footprint

Kim Jong-en took the special train from Pyongyang at 17:00 on February 23, and the members of the Political Bureau of the Labor Party, Jin Yingzhe, Li Wei, Jin Pinghai, Wu Xiurong, Foreign Minister Li Yonghao, the People's Armed Forces, and the First Party of the Party Central Committee Minister Jin Hezheng, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cui Shanji and other accompanying officials. It can be seen from the photos published by the official Korean media that Kim Jong-un is standing at the door of the special train and waving to the people on the platform. The fellows also waved in the compartment.

Pyongyang is 4,500 kilometers from Hanoi. It takes more than 48 hours to reach the river in theory. This scene is easily reminiscent of the two visits of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in 1958 and 1964. The two North Korean delegations took the first train from Pyongyang to Beijing via Beijing, China, and then from Guangzhou. Fly to Hanoi. Kim Jong-un's special train will undoubtedly feel the development and sincere friendship of these two friendly neighbors. Kim Ren-tai, chief researcher of Korea National Security Strategy Research Institute, believes that Kim Jong-un's trip to Vietnam is also a step forward along the footsteps of the ancestors, reflecting the strategic choices that attach importance to developing relations with the traditional friendship between China and Vietnam, and will surely leave a strong legacy in history. One stroke.

Get out of the confident track

This time Kim Jong-un's visit, international public opinion gave high attention. It is worth mentioning that this year is exactly the 70th anniversary of the opening of the exclusive visit by North Korea. On March 3, 1949, the then North Korean leader Kim Il Sung arrived at the Yaroslavsky Station in Moscow by a special train. He was warmly welcomed by the member of the Political Bureau of the CPSU Central Committee.

Today's Russian TV reporter Churcinna believes that North Korea has been more aggressive in publicizing trains in recent years, showing that North Korea is becoming more and more confident. On August 30, 2011, North Korea's CCTV rarely disclosed Kim Jong Il's inside, when he was on his way to Russia. In 2018, Kim Jong-un visited China, and the Korean Central News Agency also released a picture of Kim Jong-un communicating with representatives in China in the special train compartment.

According to the media, the North Korean leader has a large office-specific car that can hold various meetings, followed by sleeper cars and communication cars, as well as guards and accompanying passenger cars. In the 2011 news documentary of Kim Jong Il's visit to Russia, the office car was hung with a large screen showing the map of the Korean Peninsula, alongside satellite TV and telephone. The Russian staff who had been involved in the police train in North Korea recalled that the trains were equipped with advanced communication equipment, and the trains would never have communication failures during the journey. The carriages are simple and decorative, and they do not deliberately highlight the Korean national characteristics, but the decoration process is good, and even the connection between the cars is not felt, and the train travels smoothly.

There are also a lot of specializing in diplomatic matters. On March 1, 1946, when Kim Il Sung was present at the Pyongyang rally, an opposition party threw a grenade at the podium. The Soviet military officer Yakov Nobino, who was surrounded by Kim Il Sung, was quick-eyed and pressed the grenade with his body. Seriously injured, the right arm was amputated, and was later awarded the title of Labor Hero of the Republic by the DPRK. In 1984, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and his entourage visited the Soviet Union. They specially found Yakov, and Kim Il Sung also called Yakov as his brother. In 2001, Kim Jong Il visited Moscow again along the route of the year. At that time, Yakov had passed away. Kim Jong Il deliberately stopped at Novosibirsk Station and presented gifts to Yakov's son Ivan.

With Kim Jong-un appearing more and more on the international stage

His travel tools are also being watched by outsiders

In addition to the special line

The vehicle used by the North Korean leader

There are these

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Last year, Kim Jong-un took a special plane to visit Dalian.

It was reported that he was riding the Ilyushin-62, a four-engine long-range jet developed by the former Soviet Union. North Korean observers on the NK News website said the plane was named Chammae-1, the name of a local eagle. The white body is printed with the Korean language of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The modern design and decoration of the cabin has appeared many times in the Kim Jong-un work photo published by the media.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, the aircraft was numbered PRK-615, probably to commemorate the first meeting of the top Korean and Korean leaders 55 years after the Korean Peninsula split. On June 15, 2000, the then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung signed the North-South Joint Declaration in Pyongyang.

In addition, in 2014, a documentary filmed by North Korea's CCTV showed that Kim Jong-un also had a Ukrainian-made An-148 (Antonov-148) with the logo of the Korean Korean Airways on the fuselage.

After media reports, Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, never fled because of fear of flying, but Kim Jong-un did not seem to have such troubles. According to reports from North Korean media in 2015, Kim Jong-un was driving a domestic light aircraft and was still learning how to control an An-2 military biplane.

Millions of Mercedes S

When the DPRK-ROK summit met last year, Kim Jong-un was riding a private car Mercedes-Benz S. The South Korean Central Daily reported that the car was produced in 2010 at a price of 2 billion won ($1.8 million). It has been reported that Kim Jong-un is very fond of Mercedes-Benz cars.

On the same day, Kim Jong-un took the car and drove the Korean-Korean border. Twelve bodyguards were on the road and escorted.

Allegedly during this meeting, Kim Jong-un's escort was also equipped with a special car for the leader to go to the toilet. Earlier, a South Korean website called DailyNK reported similar news, saying that one of Kim Jong-un's armored vehicles had a modified bathroom.

Short-have tools

The report of the Korean official media also shows that Kim Jong-un has many other special modes of travel. Such as speedboats, submarines, buses, and even ski lifts, but these are mostly used in short trips within North Korea.

The North Korean media reported that in May 2013, Kim Jong-un might have taken a speedboat when he went to a North Korean military fishing station. However, it did not confirm whether the speedboat with a cost of 7 million US dollars belonged to Kim Jong-un and how it was imported into North Korea.

In June 2015, US media reported that a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University's US-South Korea Institute found a new heliport next to Kim Jong-un's villa in South Pyongan, North Korea, possibly Receive Kim Jong-un's family or visitors.

In addition, from the photos published by the Korean media, Kim Jong-un had taken the ski lift alone at the Mawyeongling Ski Resort in North Korea; he also appeared on the North Korean Navy; he also traveled with his wife, Li Xuezhu, in Pyongyang. Midnight bus to inspect.

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