I Felt ‘Foolish’ Calling Kim ‘Rocket Man’ but ‘Had No Choice’

President Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island on Tuesday

Jonathan Ernst / Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

"USFK has received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include this fall's schedule Ulchi Freedom Guardian", US Forces in Korea lieutenant-colonel Jennifer Lovett said in a statement. "So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it, sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice".

Given Kim only repeated vague commitments to pursue the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", some observers questioned whether Trump was making overly drastic concessions.

Trump also seemed annoyed that USA bomber aircraft make six-plus hour flights from the Pacific island of Guam to the Korean peninsula as part of its exercise routine.

The summit meeting is a good start between the USA and North Korea, she said.

US President Donald Trump (L) with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R). "That's not part of the equation right now".

Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of United States troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore.

Nan, a senior official at the South Korean presidential office, said he believed Pyongyang and Washington could "develop confidence in resolving any issues through follow-up measures".

And what "exactly was the president committing to?" he added.

If the country did something "very bad and very threatening and frightful", then past presidents wouldn't react, Trump commented during the interview that followed his Singapore summit with Kim.

"The American military presence in South Korea wouldn't mean much if the militaries don't practice through joint drills", said Moon, now a senior analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. "But I think without Otto, this whole thing wouldn't have happened".

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he was "uncomfortable" with the suspension of military drills, especially "if this becomes permanent in exchange for nothing".

Hannity, who sat down with Trump for an interview after the summit, even compared Tuesday's event to former President Ronald Reagan's meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the height of the Cold War.

"What is most troubling about all this is that the US gave up something tangible, namely, US-RoK military exercises, in exchange", he added, using the abbreviation for South Korea's official name.

North Korea last month broke off a high-level meeting with Seoul over South Korea's participation in a two-week military exercise with the United States.

"He's got a very good personality, he's amusing, and he's very, very smart", Trump said of Kim in the interview that aired Tuesday night.

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