Both Trump and Kim arrived on Sunday to Singapore, chosen as the site of the summit for its reputation as a safe and orderly place and the fact that is has diplomatic relations with both North Korea and the US.
"I think Iran is a different country now", he said.
In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon had nothing to say about the future of the war games.
"These are negotiations so the Secretary has been in full consultation with Secretary of State Pompeo, as well as the president", said White. "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Trump and Kim released in a joint statement at a signing ceremony early Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said later that it has received no updated guidance on the execution or cessation of training exercises, including the UFG slated for August.
The South Korean government also appeared caught off guard. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.
A degree of confusion arose after Vice President Mike Pence spoke to senators at a lunch closed to media coverage. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. - although that was immediately disputed by Pence's office. "I like the guy", Rodman, 57, said. "I knew nothing about North Korea". However, "if North Korea does not prove willing to follow through, we and our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure".
Later, in a CNN interview defending the trip, Rodman made more headlines when he railed at Cuomo and suggested that American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was being held prisoner by North Korea at the time, might not deserve to be released.
Trump's statement was portrayed by critics as an unreciprocated concession.
"It's really breathtaking", said Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now tasked with fleshing out, with an as yet unnamed North Korean counterpart, the most critical component of the Singapore summit-the "de-nuking", as Trump puts it.
During the press conference, Trump also said that North Korean leader Kim is destroying a key missile engine testing site, without specifying its location.
"There is no single change in the suspension of the South-U.S. joint military exercise compared to the past", Nam said. I knew it. I was the only one. The VFW estimates that as many as 5,300 sets of remains are in North Korea.
Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington. According to Trump, the suspension of joint exercises with South Korea will help to save a lot of money.