But according to him, the sanctions will remain in effect until the US confirms North Korean nuclear weapons are no more.
It also seemed to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea, where the presence of USA troops has always been described as necessary to maintaining peace on the peninsula.
China on Tuesday praised the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as historic and called for "full denuclearisation" to resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula. The sanctions will remain in force until full denuclearization, the United States president said, noting that he is "looking forward" to it.
He wondered if Kim will insist that the USA remove its "nuclear umbrella" from the region.
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during a press conference at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a ground-breaking meeting with Kim at the end of April, when they agreed to stop all hostile acts and pledged to achieve "a nuclear-free Korean peninsula through complete denuclearization", without specifying how it will be done.
The Pentagon was not immediately able to flesh out Trump's remarks about suspending drills, a move the US military has long resisted. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".
The US and North Korea commit to recovering remains of the Korean War, including immediate repatriation of those already identified.
However, Trump and Kim may need one more meeting to discuss existing problems, according to the United States president.
There is also an analysis that Pyongyang has intentionally revealed the charter of a Chinese airplane to display a close bilateral relationship in the face of global sanctions led by the U.S.
Foster Klug is AP's bureau chief in South Korea and has covered the Koreas since 2005.