NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell later added that the vice president's office was saying that Pence meant only that "routine training" with the South Korean military would continue, while the biannual military exercises would be canceled. He also said he'd like to remove all 28,500 USA troops stationed in the South, although he made clear this was an option for the future, not a part of current negotiations.
Mitchell Reiss, who served as the U.S. State Department's director of policy planning from 2003-2005 and earlier negotiated with North Korea on behalf of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), echoed the idea that it was important to make such decisions hand-in-hand with South Korea.
"But again, as we learn from the past, North Korea will agree to take these steps, but you can't trust them ultimately to fulfill what they commit to", he said. "But we'll be saving a tremendous amount of money".
The ROK President said Seoul will support Pyongyang along the path to peace, vowing to "spare no effort in cooperating" with concerned parties "to ensure that the agreement can be implemented in its entirety". He added that the issue requires consultations between the allies.
"There were no surprises", she said.
"In one, NK called the Chinese to tell them Trump agreed military exercises would cease".
The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard. "The country will welcome reducing the military exercises, as it could ease the decades-long tension on the Korean peninsula".
"His country has to be denuked, and he understood that, he fully understood it", Trump said.
A degree of confusion arose after Vice-President Mike Pence spoke to senators at a lunch closed to media coverage. Sen.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday also released a statement on the DPRK-U.S. summit, describing the joint statement as "a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth". Gardner then went on to say that Pence said "while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not".
Singapore Agreement Will End Cold War, S. Korea President Says
In a news conference following the summit, Trump also praised North Korea's beaches "from a real estate perspective". Beijing's participation in the penalties is a key to keeping them in play against Kim's regime.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denying claims the that USA lacks the technical expertise to denuclearize North Korea.
However, it was only in 1992 that the U.S. and North Korea rekindled diplomatic. In his view, preparedness equates to more effective deterrence - persuading potential adversaries they can not win and thus should not attack.
Trump's statement was portrayed by critics as an unreciprocated concession.
"Stopping the joint exercises has been a long-term goal for North Korea and China", two Asia analysts, Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry, wrote in a summit assessment for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Pundits gave obligatory acknowledgment of North Korea's human rights abuses but offered little criticism of why Trump didn't bring those issues up to Kim.
Even some Republicans in Congress seemed uneasy about this. "It's possible. We're dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible", Trump told him.
Even as it is not easy to map the internal faultlines of Kim's regime, the USA did enough to get him to turn up in Singapore.
Following the Singapore summit, wherein Trump castigated the exercises as "provocative", no party has effectively distinguished the difference between what constitutes "readiness training and training exchanges" and what constitutes "military exercises".
Pentagon officials scrambled for a clear message on Tuesday about the United States military presence in South Korea, after President Donald Trump vowed at his summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un to cancel "provocative" joint drills.
Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers.