He said "to solve this problem, of course, we need to achieve denuclearisation and complete denuclearisation", Trump's main demand that North Korea should dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.
Regarding the issue of 28,500 American forces stationed in the South, Trump said he wants to "bring them back home", but the issue was "not part of the equation right now".
It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of U.S. troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula. The former Pistons and Bulls player is reportedly a friend of Kim Jong-un-and he's been trying to get both the US and the North Koreans to the table for years.
At a lunch with Republican senators on Tuesday, however, Pence said that exercises will continue - according to Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), a frequent critic of Trump.
In a statement, the top us military headquarters in South Korea said Tuesday that it has "received no official updated guidance on execution or cessation on any upcoming training exercises". He called the regular training sessions between USA and South Korean forces "very provocative" and costly.
Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of U.S. troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore. "I'm very open minded to security agreements and to economic incentives to North Korea, but I am very close-minded when it comes to withdrawing our forces", he said. Foal Eagle is created to simulate war scenarios and involves ground, air, naval and special operations forces.
Asked about the plan to halt exercises, a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity shrugged and called it a political, not military, decision.
President Donald Trump's announcement that the USA will stop military exercises with South Korea startled Tokyo and Seoul, unsettled United States lawmakers, and took at least some parts of the Pentagon by surprise. Picture taken on April 9, 2017.
Rodman said he received a call from the White House saying that "Donald Trump is so proud of you". In a separate statement, White said Mattis was "fully aligned" with Trump.
"We hope that the outcomes of the US-DPRK Summit will be implemented, thus paving the way for lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula", the ministry said.
U.S. officials and the North Korean state news agency struck a hopeful tone as the meeting approached, while negotiators from both countries met privately in the last hours to iron out agreements, such as over the definition of denuclearisation and the terms under which Pyongyang might agree to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. "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".
"I'm glad that President Trump finds Kim Jung-un a nice person and smart, but I think the businessman Donald Trump will soon remember that this is a shrewd negotiator and a person who is not reluctant to use bloodthirsty measures", he said.