“The optics of this summit — from the handshakes, to the flag arrangements, to the seating arrangements — are indistinguishable from a meeting between two sovereign states with normal diplomatic relations,” said security commentator Ankit Panda

It was not necessarily an “unbearable cost”, he tweeted, but added: “The legitimising effect on North Korea’s regime is undeniable.”…

In North Korea, the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper printed no fewer than 14 images on its front page of his visit to the Marina Bay Sands hotel complex and other sights.

Kim also earned himself headlines around the world, and arms control specialist Jeffrey Lewis tweeted: “I maybe got a little annoyed at the enthusiastic coverage of what is, at its base, a reality television episode.”