A barber in Vietnam has convinced his customers to let their hair down during next week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jon-Un by getting it cut in the same style as the American and North Korean leaders. And he is doing it all for no charge.
Le Tuan Duong admits that he started the haircuts as a bit of fun, but it has taken on a more serious tint as preparations begin in earnest for the high-level talks on reducing tensions in the Korean peninsula, where north and south have never agreed on a peace settlement.
“I love peace. I hate war so much,” Duong told Reuters. “So many people in my family have died, so I support this summit very much.” The barber, who runs the Tuan Duong Beauty Academy in Hanoi, lost two of his uncles during the Vietnam War.
Duong will be offering the free haircuts until the two-day summit begins on February 27, and there has been no shortage of takers. One of the first to volunteer was To Gia Huy, 9, who went for the high swept-back style favoured by Kim Jon-Un. “I feel happy with this haircut because people will think I look like the leader of North Korea,” he said.
Le Phuc Hai, 66, opted for the corn-coloured mane of Donald Trump, because “it looks great and it fits my age”.
The Hanoi summit is the second between Trump and Kim. The first, held in Singapore in June last year, ended with vague commitments by North Korea to stop testing nuclear weapons.