HANOI, Feb 26 (NNN-BERNAMA-VNA) — Nearly 3,000 reporters from more than 200 news and press agencies in almost 40 countries and territories around the world have arrived in Vietnam to cover the second North Korea-United States Summit (NK-US) slated for Feb 27-28 in the capital city, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Days before the NK-US summit, a large number of foreign reporters have arrived in Hanoi to prepare for their reports about the event as well as the host country.
The Associated Press (AP) of the US sent 10 cameramen, photographers and reporters from AP bureaus across the globe to cover the summit and related events. In addition to cameras, they carried a lot of special equipment for the operation.
Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV has dispatched 24 reporters and staff members to Hanoi since Feb 18, said Nguyen Anh Duc, a reporter of the Phoenix TV Office in Hanoi.
Reporters waited all day at venues supposedly harbouring information related to the second NK-US Summit. They also appeared at venues which are believed to accommodate US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un or the sites where the summit is forecast to take place.
Reporter Hamid of Fuji TV (Japan) said he has been waiting at the Government Guesthouse for days to “hunt” for news.
Hamid, who had been in Vietnam in late 2017 when the country hosted the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, believed that Vietnam would be successful in organising the second NK-US Summit and serve foreign reporters well.
Bureau Chief of Jiji Press Hanoi Tomokazu Tomita said three reporters, a photographer and two staff writers will cover the second NK-US Summit, including a reporter and a photographer sent from Tokyo, a reporter and a staff writer from Seoul and a reporter from Washington DC.
Many reporters have been in Hanoi for the first time and they have been impressed by the country and people, especially Vietnam’s efforts to accomplish preparations for the summit in a short time.
Director of the Aju News Corporation’s Global News Department Yoon Eun Sook said, “This is my first time in Hanoi. I cannot speak Vietnamese so I cannot talk directly to Vietnam people. But I can see they are very kind to me and they like Korean culture.”
Regarding the selection of Vietnam as the host of the second NK-US Summit, Yoon said Vietnam has good relations with both the US and North Korea, adding that Vietnam can provide a good chance for the NK-US negotiations.
Yoon also stressed that she was very impressed by Vietnam’s preparations for the summit.