At a news conference Tuesday following the summit, Trump said that as long as talks with the North were continuing, the USA would not carry out the joint exercises - which he called "war games", labeling them "provocative" and saying that the decision would save "a tremendous amount of money". The office of South Korean president Moon Jae-in said they did not know Trump's "exact meaning or intentions", and several lawmakers suggested USA military leaders were in the dark as well.
Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights. Asked at a post-summit news conference how he could call the North Korean dictator "talented" since Kim was responsible for Warmbier's death, Trump responded: "I think without Otto this would not have happened".
Kim Jong Un's distinctive signature, penned on a historic agreement with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, indicates his ambition and creativity, handwriting experts said. Park used to smuggle North Korean goods into China to make a living near the border. At a routine media briefing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang welcomed the summit's achievements. The Singapore statement is a very basic framework document that sets out the goals for future negotiations.
"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump added. "My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive".More news: Canada condemns US attack on Trudeau, country simmers
He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.
Even as they offered measured praise for Trump's diplomatic efforts, congressional Republicans have emphasized the hard road that remains and pressed for more details of what exactly the president agreed to with Kim.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at Osan Air Base south of Seoul from Singapore early Wednesday evening.
New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will be leading the ongoing negotiations, is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
But the future remains uncertain - the US and North Korea did not reach any agreement on the details of how to achieve or verify that denuclearization.More news: Trump says he may pardon late boxing hero Muhammad Ali
At the same time, it's also disturbingly clear that Trump himself has no idea what that something else should be - just what it should look like on TV. They've been there a long time.
The US and its ally South Korea hold regular military exercises to the fury of North Korea, which has long seen the drills as preparations to invade it. Now that Kim has a hydrogen bomb and missiles that can deliver it to the U.S., he says he doesn't need to test them anymore and can dedicate more of his resources toward the economy.
It quoted Kim as saying during his talks with Trump that "in order to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realize its denuclearization, the two countries should commit themselves to refraining from antagonizing with each other ... and take legal and institutional steps to guarantee it". In his media briefing in Singapore on Tuesday, Trump mentioned ending the drills, which he described - in language similar to that used by North Korea - as "provocative", saying it would save the the USA money. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.
President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Trump made no mention of this during his press briefing.
"In fact", he added, "the only thing we know they signed was a declaration of friendship".More news: Jaguar Land Rover to Move Discovery SUV Production to Slovakia
"The US-South Korea joint exercises and US forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia", Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday.