"A long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office", Trump simpered.
However, at the same time, the executive office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in told their state media outlet Yonhap News that the suspension of joint military drills may be a necessary step in urging North Korea to enter denuclearization talks.
Trump and Kim's summit produced a historic handshake and a joint statement that committed North Korea to "complete denuclearization" without providing any details about how that would happen. At a press conference just before leaving Singapore, Trump said Kim will start dismantling his nuclear arsenal "very quickly"; he noted that he wants USA troops out of South Korea "at some point"; he'll visit Pyongyang "at a certain time".
Trump was also optimistic about the progress they achieved, stating, "We are going to take care of a very big and very risky problem for the world".
Pompeo and other US officials have stated for weeks that any relaxation of USA sanctions on North Korea would have to be preceded by major steps toward the end of North Korea's missile program.
But he said that was no longer the case, and everyone can "sleep well tonight".
North Korea has been an isolated nation since it first divided from South Korea after the end of World War II in 1945.
A large contingent of Democrats criticized the president and his staff for tentatively granting a number of concessions to the North Koreans, including a pause on military exercises in South Korea and even meeting with Kim in the first place to lend his leadership legitimacy on the global stage.
As Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested on Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearisation before USA sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.
NKorea Paper: Trump Agreed to Lift Sanctions
Russian Federation is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Tensions between the USA and North Korea have historically soared in the spring, when the largest exercises take place.
China has repeatedly called for a "freeze-for-freeze" or "dual suspension" initiative, in North Korea suspends its nuclear program in exchange for the US and South Korea to suspend their joint military exercises in the region.
"I think this time what's different is we trust the two leaders, President Trump and Chairman Kim".
Trump, seemingly unprompted, has long wanted to withdraw the US from South Korea, and now he may have found a reason.
On Tuesday, Trump and Kim signed a statement outlining four points, including reaffirming a commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. -South Korea military exercises could be put back on if talks with Pyongyang do not progress.
"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw USA troops from the South. You know, we did sanctions and all the things you would do but I think without the rhetoric, you know, other administrations, I don't want to get specific on that, but you know they had a policy of silence.
This question led to some of the most interesting exchanges during Trump's sprawling news conference after the signing with Kim.
When Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the global media center for the summit at F1 Pit Building on Sunday, he said it will cost the city state "around 20 million Singaporean dollars" (W16.1 billion, US$1=W1,078) to host the "historic summit". The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally is held in August.
In Japan, the prospect of canceled US-South Korean drills was met with concern. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul. There's a credible argument that hostility between the United States and North Korea has hardened into habit, with both sides locked into inherited animosity that only made matters worse.