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Kim Jong-un came out victorious from the summit

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After months of nail-biting anticipation, the United States President Donald Trump held a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un.

The city-state of Singapore, a mercantile nation that has maintained robust ties with both sides throughout the years, hosted the two leaders at the luxurious Capella Hotel in Sentosa island.

Singapore spent close to $15m to cover the North Korean leader's accommodation, logistics of the meetings, as well as overall security of the two world leaders. International sanctions made it difficult for the North Korean leader to cover his overseas accommodation.

China, a close ally of North Korea, provided transportation logistics by offering an Air China plane, a retrofitted Boeing (747-4J6), for the 3,000-mile trip from Pyongyang to Singapore.

Kim's official carrier, the four-decades-old Soviet-made Ilyushin Il-62, dubbed the "Air Force Un", was deemed unfit for the voyage.

Thousands of journalists had flocked to the Singapore to cover the historic summit.

But despite all these grand preparations and despite all the big expectations, the outcome of the summit proved largely disappointing. The US-North Korea joint declaration was a broadly generic document, which contained no tangible compromise between the two sides.

In the end, what this summit did was have the US president indirectly legitimise a notorious dictator.

Both men were desperate for this meeting, with Trump perhaps even more so. The........

© Al Jazeera