Kang Kyung-wha, the South Korean foreign minister appeared to sidestep the issue at the joint press conference, saying the matter would be left to military authorities to discuss, and that the US-South Korea alliance remained "as robust as ever".
"President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearisation and relief from the sanctions", Pompeo told reporters after meeting South Korea's president and Japan's foreign minister in Seoul. It was never on the table.
"I am going from today", he said.
'I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us, ' he said.
At his news conference, Trump said the war games were expensive, provocative and inappropriate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY reflected the tone of many Democrats when he said "we remain supportive of American diplomatic efforts", while noting that if a Democratic president did what Trump did, "the entire Republican Party would be shouting grave warnings about the end of American leadership and the belittling of our country". They didn't meet for very long, nor did their delegations meet for very long, and nor did they come up with any sort of important or new agreement that changed anything in the relationship that didn't already exist before the meeting, so in substance, it was a pretty small meeting, but in terms of its symbolic impact on the United States' public opinion and maybe elsewhere around the world, it's huge.
State media also said that Trump agreed to lift sanctions and promised unspecified security guarantees.
The meeting was the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting USA president and ended with a vaguely worded joint pledge to work towards "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula.
"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year", the report said.
'We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune, ' he told the network.
Trump in 2012 tweeted about Obama's interaction with Abdullah, writing: "do we still want a President who bows to Saudis and lets OPEC rip us off?" At a press conference just before leaving Singapore, Trump said Kim will start dismantling his nuclear arsenal "very quickly"; he noted that he wants US troops out of South Korea "at some point"; he'll visit Pyongyang "at a certain time".
North and South Korean delegation walk as they cross the concrete border at the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom, in North Korea, June 14, 2018.
They fear it could erode the readiness of USA troops in one of the world's most sensitive military flashpoints who have long prided themselves on being able to "fight tonight", thanks to heightened training.
"We think we should address North Korea's security interest concerns, which is to establish a peace mechanism for the Korean peninsula", Wang said.
News that Kim did not utter North Korea's usual claim has started raising hopes among Japanese government officials that there may be room to resume bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang.
And after Trump made a fat joke and showed Kim the inside of his limo, they signed their "historish agreement", he said.