The head-scratching was a fitting end for a meeting marked by unpredictability. At the time, the Koreans faced criticism for essentially kicking the issue of North Korea's nuclear arsenal down the road to Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk in the Capella Hotel after their working lunch, on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. He gave Kim a glimpse of the presidential limousine.
"Yesterday's photo op doesn't change the fact that a nuclear-armed North Korea is a threat to the security of the United States, our allies, and the world".
"Today we had a historic meeting and chose to leave the past behind", Kim said, speaking through a translator.
North Korea sees the annual exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, but the government in Seoul maintains they are defensive in nature. "Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia".
"A handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal", Warren said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Trump said he urged Mr Kim and other North Korean officials to watch the four-minute video during the Singapore summit. "We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune".
"I don't mind putting these exercises on hold".
Indeed, mere hours after the summit concluded, China began to advocate for easing those sanctions. Colorado Sen. Corey Gardner said Pence told them that small-scale exercises would continue, but "war games will not". Pence's spokeswoman later denied that comment.
What is it that the USA and North Korea are actually committing to? Trump said there would be "many meetings" between the two men.
That matters because North Korea has pledged to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in virtually all agreements since 1992, but implementation has broken down due to a lack of consensus on what that means.
The last-minute change came as both sides finalized preparations for the meeting, with two meetings at the Ritz Carlton.
But Tuesday's meeting was as much about theatrics as the details of a deal. He did say that Otto Warmbier, an American who died a year ago just days after his release from imprisonment in North Korea, "did not die in vain" because his death helped bring about the nuclear talks.
But others were sharply critical, claiming it appeared Mr. Trump offered the freeze in joint military drills without first securing full buy-in from South Korea. Those on-again, off-again discussions lasted until 2008, and involved North Korean steps to pause its nuclear activities and shut down parts of its nuclear complex in exchange for economic benefits and security guarantees.
"Think of it from the real estate prospective".
-North Korea summit in Singapore Tuesday. The best we can say is that this summit did bring the world back from the brink of another war on the Korean Peninsula.
Trump admitted that some of the imagery he pitched may have been a little far-fetched, as North Korea is mired in poverty, internationally isolated, and has been mismanaged for decades by a family of dictators - Kim, his father and grandfather.
"Kim Ju-song interpreted for Kim Yong-chol when he met with Central Intelligence Agency officials", a source said. "If diplomacy doesn't move in the right direction, sanctions will increase".