- A barbershop in Hanoi, Vietnam, is offering free haircuts in the styles of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the city prepares for their summit in the city next week.
- The shop owner said he started offering the cuts for fun but was taken aback by their popularity.
- He said that Kim’s hairstyle showed youth and Trump’s displayed power and that “Kim’s style is a lot more popular among customers.”
- One 9-year-old customer said he liked his haircut “because people will think I look like the leader of North Korea.”
A barbershop in the Vietnamese city set to host US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit next week is offering free haircuts to those looking to copy the world leaders’ distinctive hairstyles.
Tuan Duong Beauty Academy in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is offering the haircuts until February 28 – the end of the scheduled two-day summit intended to improve peace and relations between the two countries and to advance the nuclear disarmament of North Korea.
“I feel happy with this haircut because people will think I look like the leader of North Korea,” 9-year-old To Gia Huy told Reuters after his Kim haircut on Tuesday.
He also told the Associated Press: “Many people say that I look like Kim Jong Un, especially when I have this hairstyle.”
Le Phuc Hai, 66, got his hair dyed, cut, and styled like Trump on Tuesday. He told Reuters he was relaxing by a nearby lake when Le Tuan Duong, the salon owner, asked him whether he would like to get the treatment. He said he agreed out of curiosity.
“I like Donald Trump’s haircut,” Le Phuc Hai said. “It looks great and it fits my age.”
Le Tuan Duong told the Associated Press that Kim’s hairstyle showed youth and Trump’s displayed power.
“But Kim’s style is a lot more popular among customers,” he said.
He added that he started doing the haircuts “for fun only but was surprised at how people have responded.”
He told Reuters that he lost two uncles during the Vietnam War and supported the summit. “I love peace,” he said. “I hate war so much. So many people in my family have died, so I support this summit very much.”
The summit is set to be the leaders’ second after their June meeting in Singapore. It has not been announced where in Hanoi they will meet.
Trump announced the details for this year’s summit during his February State of the Union address.
“As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” he said, adding: “Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months.”
Trump said Tuesday that he was in “no rush” to see North Korea end its nuclear program, as long as it did not test its nuclear and missile capabilities.
“I’m in no rush,” he told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters. “There’s no testing. As long as there is no testing, I’m in no rush. If there’s testing, that’s another deal.”
“I’d just like to see ultimately denuclearization of North Korea,” he said, adding that US sanctions against North Korea would remain in place in the meantime.
US intelligence and North Korea experts have warned that Pyongyang is unlikely to give up its nuclear arms. An intelligence report published last month said the country’s leaders viewed nuclear arms as “critical to regime survival.”
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