At the conclusion of the historic summit, Mr. Trump said he'll freeze so-called "war games" with South Korea as negotiations with Mr. Kim continue.
Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of USA troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore.
Regarding Trump's remarks, Nam Gwan-pyo, a deputy director of Seoul's presidential National Security Office, said that there is "no change at all" regarding the exercise issue.
"He's got a very good personality, he's amusing, and he's very, very smart", Trump said of Kim in the interview that aired Tuesday night.
He made the comments when asked if the absence of CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization) from a post-summit joint statement showed that the two sides had used Tuesday's meeting as a foundation to improve trust.
Trump also said in the interview he believed the North Korean leader would start to work toward dismantling his country's nuclear program "virtually immediately".
"My first question is whether our allies, the South Koreans, were consulted in advance of suspending these military exercises", he told Reuters.
In response to Trump's suggestion that an agreement to formally end the Korean War might take place soon, Nam said the Moon administration would not hasten the process and that there was "no timeframe" set for the process.
"This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula", said North Korea's Central News Agency in a report published last month.
Trump has now essentially adopted the standard North Korean line, calling the military exercises a "provocative" drain of money and announcing they would stop while he continues talks with Kim, whom he repeatedly praised as a solid negotiating partner.
"There were no surprises", she said.
The fact the two leaders have come face-to-face-the first time a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader have met-makes this a historic, if somewhat weird, moment. Cory Gardner, Republican of Colorado, said Pence indicated that "exercises will continue", although Sen.
The president also said it's possible Kim will make a trip to Washington in the future.
Trump also seemed annoyed that USA bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.
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