The US and South Korea conduct several large drills every year to maintain readiness for operations on the peninsula, a source of irritation for Pyongyang, which considers them preparations for an invasion. A Democratic senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy, said of the outcome of the Singapore summit: "Kim's gulags, public executions, planned starvation, are legitimized on the world stage..."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Kim Jong-un will not receive sanctions relief until after his complete disarmament, pushing back against North Korean suggestions that penalties will soon start being relaxed.
"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea. Also, by letting North Korea dictate what the United States military does, Trump sends the USA down a slippery slope. The talks followed on from an inter-Korean summit in April at which Moon and Kim agreed to defuse tension and cease "hostile acts".
For weeks, Pompeo and other officials have insisted North Korea must agree to "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization" before economic sanctions can be lifted.
With the president offering North Korea several concessions at the Singapore summit with Kim, including the cessation of military-preparedness training with the South Koreans and the possible removal of USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, critics of the administration say the U.S.is giving China exactly what it wants. "Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", he tweeted.
'There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.
"We're not going to be doing the war games as long as we're negotiating in good faith", Mr Trump told Fox News Channel in an interview in Singapore after the summit.
"It's not a burden onto the American taxpayer to have a forward deployed force in South Korea", Ms Graham told CNN.
But he also said he would love to bring the U.S. military out of South Korea because of the cost, adding that while it was not now part of the discussion, "at the appropriate time, it will be".
Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim, with one possibility being an Abe visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
Later, a Pentagon spokesman said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was "not surprised" by Trump's concession ending the war games and had been consulted, including discussions with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
If implemented, the halting of the joint military exercises would be one of the most controversial moves to come from the summit.
However, there was no mention of the suspension of annual South Korean-US military maneuvers, which Trump unexpectedly announced on 12 June at the end of the summit.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang said the issue of these military drills was not discussed in detail at the U.S. -South Korean military alliance remains strong, and they will continue to closely consult on all joint security decisions.
"[It] needs to be clarified by the South Koreans and also by the White House, exactly what we mean".
"The joint military drills between the USA and South Korea are a matter based on the alliance between the two countries, and are an issue to be decided between the military authorities after consultations". That is not going to happen.