Trump-Kim summit is over but here are 9 conversation starters if you missed it completely

All eyes were on the historic Trump-Kim summit that took place in Singapore. The two world leaders were in town for 48 hours. Here's a recap of their quick trip

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

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History was made this morning (June 12) on the well-manicured grounds of Capella Singapore on Sentosa

Two political titans, US President Donald Trump, 71, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, 34, met for the first time slightly after 9am and shared a 12-second long handshake.

The two leaders may have come and gone, but what happened in the last 48 hours? 

In case you missed the Trump-Kim summit for whatever reason, we break it down for you. Since everyone's talking about their meeting, get a quick catch up here and appear like you've not missed out on anything at all. 

Why is this meeting so significant? 

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Just a year ago, Trump and Kim were known to be sworn adversaries. They were calling each other names. Kim said he would "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire" and a day later Trump responded by calling Kim a "madman". 

Today, Trump called Kim "a very worthy, very smart negotiator". "He's a very talented man, I also learnt that he loves his country very much." Trump added that they will meet again many times and that Kim is invited to the White House.

At Tuesday's (June 12) discussion that lasted about 40 min, Kim gave his "unwavering commitment" to denuclearisation.

Without divulging too much information on the ‘comprehensive’ document signed by both parties, Trump said: "We're both going to do something, and we've developed a very special bond...we're going to take care of a very big and dangerous problem for the rest of the world.” He also said they would start the process very quickly. 

The meeting marks a turning point for the two countries as both leaders are in agreement to work towards a new chapter of bilateral relations. 

Well, we hope both men really keep their word, for the sake of world peace. 

Why was Singapore chosen as summit city? 

Singapore skyline

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Few countries have diplomatic relations with both countries. 

"Singapore was selected because they have been willing to hold it, and because they have diplomatic relations with both the U.S. and North Korea. They are one of very few countries that have relationships with both countries," said a White House official in a CNBC report. 

Singapore also has the experience of hosting major summits before. Among other possible locations were Switzerland and Mongolia. 

What it means for Singapore as summit city? 


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The summit is a plus for Singapore, in terms of its reputation, its standing and "how people look at us", said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"It gives us publicity. The fact that we have been chosen as the site of the meeting - we did not ask for it, but we were asked and we agreed - says something about Singapore's relations with the parties, with America, with North Korea, also our standing in the international community."

How much was spent to host this summit? St. Regis Presidential SuitePhoto: St. Regis Singapore

It was reported that Singapore spent about $20 million to host the historic meeting, which included picking up the North Korean contingent's hotel bill.

This is Singapore's contribution to an international endeavour that is "in our profound interest". "It is a cost we are willing to pay," said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. 

Half of this amount was spent on security. Around $5 million goes towards facilitating contingent of about 2,500 international journalists here, reported The Straits Times. 

Price for the Presidential Suite at the St. Regis starts from about $9,600 a night.

What did the world leaders eat? 

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While we think it is a pity that Kim and Trump didn't get to try Singapore's authentic hawker food, they certainly had a feast at Capella after their meeting. 

They were served a nine-course meal with both Western and Asian flavours. The starters included mango kerabu – a Malay salad – and Korean stuffed cucumbers. The main dishes were beef short rib confit and sweet and sour crispy pork with Yangzhou fried rice. Dessert included dark chocolate tartlet ganache and Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream with cherry coulis.

Where did Kim Jong Un visit? 

Photo: Facebook / Vivian Balakrishnan

On Monday night, Kim went on a mini city tour of Singapore's most iconic sights. 

His jaunt to places such as Gardens by the Bay and the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resorts lasted around two hours. 

At MBS, he headed up the the SkyPark and at the Gardens, he toured the Flower Dome. His sister Kim Yo Jong, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung accompanied him. 

He was also seen strolling along the Jubilee Bridge, which overlooks the Marina Bay area and the Esplanade. Perhaps if you were in those areas, you were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the N.Korean leader?

Who else was spotted in Singapore? 

Dennis Rodman

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Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman, 57, was also in town to show support. 

A known friend to Kim, Rodman broke down in tears after witnessing the historic moment between the two world leaders. 

Recounting the hostility he faced for meeting Kim, he said he had received death threats and had to hide out for 30 days. "I'm just so happy that it actually happened today," he said. 

"I think Donald Trump did a great job, a great job of keeping his composure and understanding the fact that Kim Jong Un wants to have trust in America. If Donald Trump can stick to his guns and say, 'We'll have a great relationship with North Korea', it's going to work out for everyone in the world," added Rodman. 

Hyon Song Wol

Ms Hyon Song Wol, the leader of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra who has been at the forefront of recent inter-Korea cultural exchanges, had also been spotted in Singapore at the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel.

Who were those good-looking bodyguards around Kim?

Kim Jong Un's bodyguards

The North Korea leader had a tight security detail. When he first arrived in Singapore on Sunday, men in sharp suits were spotted jogging beside a car believed to be carrying Kim in it. 

A similar sight unfolded in April when Mr Kim met South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Military Demarcation Line in Korea.

These bodyguards are reportedly chosen for their fitness, marksmanship, martial arts skills and even looks.

And the reason for jogging alongside and behind Kim's mode of transport? So that they form a human shield around him. 

Will Trump be back in Singapore? 

It is likely he will! Singapore's President Halimah Yacob had invited him to make a state visit to Singapore in November to attend the 6th Asean-US Summit and 13th East Asia Summit and Trump had accepted the invitation. 

Looks like we will be seeing you on our shores again, President Trump. 

But till then, Happy Birthday in advance! Trump turns 72 on Thursday (June 14). 

Additional reporting by Michelle Yeoh.