Footage by Japan’s TBS TV showed Kim, a habitual smoker, taking a pre-dawn smoke break Tuesday at a train station in China hours before his arrival in Vietnam for his high-stakes summit with President Donald Trump over resolving the international standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons and missiles.
The video showed Kim puffing a cigarette and talking with North Korean officials at China’s Nanning rail station. A woman who appeared to be his sister Kim Yo Jong, also a powerful individual in North Korea, is seen holding a crystal ashtray.
Kim arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday after an almost 70-hour train ride that cut through southern China.
Despite pushing a nationwide anti-smoking campaign in North Korea, Kim is frequently seen with a cigarette in his hands. In 2017, North Korea’s state broadcaster showed him casually smoking in front of one of his liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missiles as it underwent preparations for a test launch.