Twelve North Korean officials – including Kim Jong Un's de-facto chief of staff – were en-route to Vietnam on Friday ahead of a second scheduled summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.
The North Koreans had arrived in Beijing and were expected to board a plane bound for the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, Yonhap said, with the high-stakes meeting now less than two weeks away.
"A group of 12 North Koreans, including Kim Chang Son, were on the boarding list," Yonhap said, citing a source in the capital.
Kim Chang Son was part of the team overseeing protocol in the run up to the first Trump-Kim summit and Yonhap said the delegation was expected to have discussions with US officials on the logistical preparations for the Hanoi meeting.
The identities of the 11 other officials were not reported.
Pyongyang has yet to provide any official confirmation of the February 27 to 28 summit, which will be the second time the two leaders come together following their June 12 Singapore meeting. (AFP)