President Trump's announcement that the USA would be stopping "war games" exercises it conducts with South Korea stunned most senior military officials and appeared to cause some confusion among lawmakers like Sen.
Perhaps Trump wasn't the one people expected to be making peace, but Americans think this is the best strategy to take.
Mr. Trump told reporters in Singapore after his summit, "We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should".
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.
Yesterday's summit was the first time a sitting U.S. president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.
Trump has credited his "maximum pressure" campaign of crippling trade and economic sanctions for bringing Kim to the negotiating table and vowed to keep them in place until North Korea complies with its promises.
I said, 'Do me a favor; we've got this missile-engine testing site.
Trump may be credited with creating a positive atmosphere around the talks in Singapore, where a day of bonhomie in front of the cameras contrasted sharply with last year's exchange of insults and threats with Kim that raised fears of war.
Reactions to the summit and to Trump's post-summit statements have been predictably mixed.
They hold joint military exercises every year that anger North Korea which has long demanded an end to the drills and frequently responds with volatile steps of its own, leading to a spike in tensions.
"There is nearly nothing of significant substance - or even new - in this document".
US President Trump arrives in Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit
The first-ever meeting between a USA president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9 a.m. The meeting was kicking off at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday with a handshake between Trump and Kim.
North Korea's state media, referring to the drills, recently demanded that Washington "stop the acts of threatening its dialogue partner by force".
This comes at the same time that America's traditional allies are reeling from a divisive summit of the Group of Seven major industrialised nations last week. A federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election also hangs over his presidency.
Experts noted the summit outcome fell far short of the USA administration's goal of the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearization of the North.
Trump himself scoffed at the sceptics earlier on Tuesday.
"VP didn't say this at the Senate lunch today", Farah tweeted.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) echoed the belief that "as negotiations now advance, there is only one acceptable final outcome: complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".
In an exclusive interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos and at a press briefing Trump announced that he was suspending military exercises conducted annually in South Korea by the USA military. "I will call him shortly - maybe before I land", Trump said.
"China has not made any losses here", said Deng Yuwen, a political analyst based in Beijing.
But Chung said that China would not be left out.
The pledge, absent from the joint statement Trump signed with Kim, appeared to come as news to both South Korea and the Pentagon.