"There were no surprises, they had spoken on all of these issues in advance", Dana White, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, told ABC News when asked if Mattis knew about the president's announcement.
His statement follows a report from the New York Times, which criticized the White House for lacking a scientific advisory team.
But a slushy "freeze-for-freeze"-with no decisive steps toward denuclearization-is precisely what President Trump has agreed to: a freeze of joint US and South Korean military exercises in exchange for a continued freeze on North Korean nuclear and missile testing, accompanied by no concrete North Korean commitment to freeze further development of its nuclear and missile programs".
"It is the case that we are prepared to make security assurances necessary for the North Koreans to engage in that denuclearization", stated Pompeo.
The presidential office said the measures were particularly needed at a time "when a variety of serious dialogues have been held between the North and the US for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the establishment of relations".
The Trump-Kim summit, unthinkable just a few months ago, is yet more vindication of the Cold War doctrine of deterrence where the capacity and threat to inflict pain augments the force of diplomacy, and can prompt "rogue" regimes to display a strong survival instinct.
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North Korea also insists that the United States troop presence in the South, as well as its nuclear "umbrella" over allies Seoul and Tokyo, are part of America's "hostile" policy toward the North. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.
The remarks were made by foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a briefing in Beijing after Foreign Minister Wang Yi praised the summit - the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president - as "creating a new history". "The economy of South Korea didn't pass the North until the early '70s". Number one, we save money.
"That would be a discussion between two democracies", the Pentagon chief said, referring to the USA and Seoul, noting the issue is "not something other countries would have initial domain over".
A spokeswoman for US military forces in Korea said they had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.
"Seeing the two meet gives me hope that there will be no more conflict", said a man, 85, who was watching the live broadcast of the Trump-Kim summit at Seoul Station. "It doesn't spell out the pacing or sequencing for action-for-action steps, it does not - and nor did President Trump in his press conference - suggest they have agreed definitions on what denuclearization entails and what a creating a peace regime specifically entails".
Despite all this, Trump's support from his right-wing political base remains strong, and his followers are likely to trumpet the outcome of the North Korea summit as the president achieving something his predecessors could not.
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Nam said Seoul welcomed the news that President Trump had "sufficiently expressed" his trust in Kim.
The exercises allow US and South Korean forces to practice mobilizing soldiers in the event of conflict, and to run computer simulations to improve coordination between the two militaries. Tensions between the United States and North Korea have historically soared in the spring, when the largest exercises take place. "South Korea joint military exercises".
He added that the vice president "went on to say while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not". "I call them war games", he said.
The move could diminish the USA military's ability to "fight tonight", a term American commanders have used for years to describe the heightened posture of US forces in one of the world's most-sensitive military flashpoints.
"The June 12 Sentosa Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on Earth", he said.
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