Pompeo was in Seoul on Thursday to brief South Korean and Japanese officials on the summit, and while speaking to the press he tried to dispel the idea that Trump casually handed Kim a significant concession, suspending U.S.
USA officials said it was unclear what type of training involving US and South Korean troops might now be stopped because of Trump's order to end the "war games", but the massive annual exercises that bring in nuclear-capable ships and warplanes from Guam and other US bases in the region will likely end.
Pompeo insisted Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one".
Earlier today, North Korean state media reported that Trump made concessions to Kim that were not in the statement signed by the leaders - including Trump agreeing to "the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action" rather than the USA administration's prior demands for rapid denuclearization.
He thanked Moon, who has met with Kim twice since April, for his mediation between North Korea and the U.S., saying that if it had not been for Moon's effort, the talks between Trump and Kim would not have been possible. The president raised more questions after declaring upon his return to the US that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".
"It's important that we don't lose sight of the fact that Kim Jong-un is a butcher and he is a butcher of his own people", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said on Tuesday.
"It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated". While nuclear experts believe some significant progress could be made during Trump's time in office, they've estimated that completely dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program could take ten to 15 years. "That is not going to happen, President Trump made that clear".
He said the USA would like "major" North Korean nuclear disarmament by the end of 2020, and that Pyongyang understood there would be "in-depth verification" of the process. "'You know, we're spending a fortune, every couple of months we're doing war games with South Korea, and I said, 'What's this costing?"
Former U.S. ambassador Bill Richardson told VOA he is concerned about no verification of what the North Koreans will do about missile technology in the DPRK, no detail of nuclear reduction, the peace treaty and human rights.
Abe spoke by phone with Trump after the one-day summit in Singapore that mostly centered on discussions of how to denuclearize North Korea. There is speculation that some North Korean officials could've dropped by Beijing to deliver the summit results to China.
"On the flip side, Trump only respects force, only respects balls", the source said.
He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills. "But the issues of the alliance should be dealt with under the premise we maintain joint ironclad defense posture".
Japan is expected to contribute towards the costs of North Korea's denuclearisation but only after the International Atomic Energy Agency restarts inspections, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang said the issue of these military drills was not discussed in detail at the U.S.
"China opts for the first one and has made such a decision, we hope the USA will make a wise choice and China on its part is prepared on all fronts", remarked Wang.