U.S. President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. (Kevin Lim/The Straits Times via REUTERS)

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are known for their sparring matches, but their relationship took a turn for the better on Tuesday. Following their historic summit in Singapore, Trump has called Kim a talented leader and said he has developed a very special bond with the North Korean leader.

“It has not been easy to come to this point,” Kim said, alluding to the enmity between the two countries. “For us the past has been holding us back, and old practices and prejudices have been covering our eyes and ears, but we have been able to overcome everything to arrive here today,” he said.

Trump, on his part, praised Kim for coming to Singapore to meet with him to ensure peace and stability.

Trump and Kim’s relationship has come a long way since last year when the duo traded insults following North Korea’s decision to conduct nuclear and ballistic missile tests in defiance of the international community.

This had Trump referring to Kim as a “madman with nuclear weapons” and later he threatened to “totally destroy North Korea.”

The 34-year-old North Korean leader responded calling Trump a “mentally deranged” person and saying that “a frightened dog barks louder.”

Trump had also called Kim “Little Rocket Man” and threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on North Korea if it did not stop conducting ballistic missile tests.