The meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore was one of the most significant moments in world diplomacy in recent history.
It was also one of the most surreal.
Less than a year ago, Trump was threatening to rain down “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea, and Kim was calling Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard” and “carefully examining” plans for a missile strike on US military bases in Guam.
That’s what makes the images from Trump’s summit with Kim so striking. From smiling selfies to warm handshakes to an emotional CNN appearance by none other than Dennis Rodman, this summit had it all.
Here are the 11 most unforgettable images from the Trump-Kim summit.
Kim poses for a selfie with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Singaporean Education Minister Ong Ye Kung at a well-known nature park called Gardens by the Bay the night before the summit.
#Jalanjalan #guesswhwere? pic.twitter.com/oVOk8UuqlC— Vivian Balakrishnan (@VivianBala) June 11, 2018
Kim and Trump meet for their very first official handshake to kick off the nuclear summit. It’s the first time a sitting US president has met face to face with a North Korean leader.
The two men seem to hit it off right away, and both Kim and Trump are all smiles.
Trump and Kim sit down for another quick photo op before retreating behind closed doors to talk business. Trump flashes Kim his signature thumbs-up.
Dennis Rodman makes an appearance on CNN live from Singapore. Wearing a red MAGA hat and a T-shirt advertising a marijuana-related cryptocurrency business, he breaks down crying, remembering his first trip to North Korea and how he received “death threats” when he came back to the US.
"Today is a great day," former NBA star Dennis Rodman says in an emotional interview in which he describes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un https://t.co/eoNeZnYFm7 pic.twitter.com/6gouUPBBpX— CNN International (@cnni) June 12, 2018
South Korea’s president and prime minister weren’t invited to the summit. So they watched the live stream back home instead.
South Korea's president and prime minister together watched a live stream of the summit opening. You can see their reaction on their faces #TrumpKimSummit pic.twitter.com/GPwa0gy3SB— Elise Hu (@elisewho) June 12, 2018
Near the end of the summit, Trump and Kim take a leisurely stroll around the grounds of the Capella resort. It’s just the two of them — no translators, no advisers (Kim speaks English). After nearly five hours of meetings, they’re both still smiling.
Kim and Trump end the summit with a dramatic ceremony where they sign a document pledging to work toward “a lasting and stable peace” on the Korean Peninsula.
But before the actual signing, a North Korean official wearing latex gloves inspects Kim’s pen and swabs it down. Despite his thoroughness, Kim ultimately opts to use a different pen provided to him by his sister.
A North Korean security official, in white gloves, examined Kim Jong Un’s pen ahead of this signing. pic.twitter.com/VOSOW2ylHZ— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 12, 2018