The handshake between the two leaders marked the latest milestone in a rapid rapprochement after months of global fears about a nuclear conflict.
Here are some other handshakes that shook the world:
After months of secret negotiations in Norway, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat stood in the South Lawn of the White House on September 13, 1993 to witness the signing of the Oslo Accords.
And then, in one of the most dramatic moments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Clinton's arms stretched around both leaders, Arafat and Rabin shook hands.
Rabin was assassinated a year later by a Jewish extremist opposed to the peace process, which faltered in the years that followed. A second Intifada broke out in 2000.
At a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in 2013, US President Barack Obama made headlines when he shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro, the first such public greeting between leaders of the bitter neighbours after decades of enmity.
Obama visited Cuba in 2016 -- the first such trip by an American president in 88 years. Washington also relaxed its decades-long embargo on the communist-ruled island, and US airlines resumed direct flights to Havana in November 2016.
Queen Elizabeth-McGuinness, 2012
The IRA wanted an end to British rule in the province, and for it to be merged with the Republic of Ireland. McGuinness later became one of the figures that helped negotiate an end to the violence.
It was a gesture towards reconciliation that would once have been unimaginable, with McGuinness' militant past and British security operations still a source of anger for many.
After decades of estrangement following a traumatic split at the end of a civil war in 1949, the presidents of China and Taiwan met for the first time ever in Singapore.
In unprecedented scenes, China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou shook hands for more than a minute and smiled for a mass of reporters before holding talks. The summit led to the setting up of a hotline between Beijing and Taipei and a lowering of tensions between the self-ruled island and the mainland.
The next major handshake on the global calendar is expected to feature Kim Jong Un again -- this time with US President Donald Trump.
While it will certainly mark a historic moment, handshakes involving Trump sometimes make headlines for the wrong reasons, and the businessman-president has become well-known for his awkward grapples.
Quite how Kim might react to an impromptu arm-wrestle, only time will tell.
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