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A barber shop in the Vietnamese city that will play host to US Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s upcoming summit is offering free haircuts to those looking to copy the world leaders’ distinctive hairstyles.

According to Reuters, Tuan Duong Beauty Academy in Hanoi is offering the haircuts until February 28 — the last day of the two-day summit intended to improve peace and relations between the two countries and to push for the eventual denuclearization of North Korea.

Nine-year-old To Gia Huy told Reuters after his Kim haircut on Tuesday: “I feel happy with this haircut because people will think I look like the leader of North Korea.”

He also told The Associated Press: “Many people say that I look like Kim Jong Un, especially when I have this hairstyle.”

Le and To during their haircuts.
AP Photo/Hau Dinh

Le Phuc Hai, 66, got his hair dyed, cut, and styled like Trump on Tuesday. He told Reuters that he was relaxing by a nearby lake when Le Tuan Duong, the salon owner, asked him if he would like to get the treatment. He said he agreed out of curiosity.

“I like Donald Trump’s haircut. It looks great and it fits my age,” Le Phuc Hai said.

Le Tuan Duong, the salon owner, told The Associated Press that Kim’s hairstyle shows youth and Trump’s displays 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 supports the summit. He said: “I love peace. I hate war so much. So many people in my family have died, so I support this summit very much.”

Le Phuc Hai and To Gia Huy pose after getting their Trump and Kim haircuts on Tuesday.
AP Photo/Hau Dinh

The upcoming summit will be the leaders’ second since their June 2018 meeting in Singapore.

Trump announced the details for this year’s summit during his February State of the Union address, where he said: “As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

“Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months,” he added.

Read more: Trump uses State of the Union to announce venue, dates for second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Trump and Kim Jong Un at their first summit, in Singapore in June 2018.
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump said on Tuesday that he is in “no rush” to see North Korea end its nuclear program, as long as it does not test its nuclear and missile capabilities.

He told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters: “I’m in no rush. 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 mean time.

But US intelligence and North Korean experts have warned that Pyongyang was unlikely to give up its nuclear arms. An intelligence report published last month said that “North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival.”

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