"President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most unsafe problem". The salute will be used "over and over in North Korea's propaganda" and is "one more moment from a summit that essentially handed legitimacy and invaluable propaganda to Kim Jong Un and North Korea on a silver platter", Lee said.
Security around Kim's hotel remained tight, suggesting the North Korean leader may return after the summit.
However, Harris, the former commander of USA forces in the Pacific, endorsed Trump's plan to pause major military exercises with the South, saying the U.S.is in a "dramatically different place" from where it was a year ago.
-South Korea joint military exercises on Tuesday, after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The Russian leader praised the historic meeting between the United States and North Korea, adding it was "without doubt just the first step towards a full-blown settlement".
For its part, Beijing has broadly welcomed Trump's diplomacy with Kim.
Pyongyang understood the need for a "quick" denuclearisation process which would be based on "conditions" and "sequencing", Pompeo said following joint talks in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Kang Kyung-hwa and Taro Kono respectively.
Trump further said that U.S. will stop holding military exercises on the Korean peninsula, adding: "We will be stopping the war games and it will save us a lot of money".
The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Mr Kim on Tuesday, a concession long sought by Pyongyang but generally opposed by Seoul and Tokyo.
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Diverging from the president, Harry Harris, Trump's choice to become ambassador to South Korea, said the USA must continue to worry about the nuclear threat from North Korea.
The U.S. and South Korea typically hold a number of large-scale joint military drills every year, including Foal Eagle/Key Resolve (FE/KR) in March and April and Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) in August. "President Trump made that clear", Pompeo said.
While the USA leader was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for far too little at the summit, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the U.S. president.
Some on social media decried Trump's gesture, claiming it gave North Korea's government more reason to claim legitimacy on the global stage.
At the briefing, Pompeo reiterated that the shared goal of the US, South Korea and Japan is to get North Korea to denuclearize not only completely, but also irreversibly and verifiably.
Even as experts weighed the implications of Trump's Singapore summit with Kim, the United States president struck a typically bullish note in a series of announcements.
"Let me assure you that "complete" encompasses verifiable in the minds of everyone concerned".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as early as next week. "This is to say Trump wasn't being malicious; he was being played".
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