"The complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as enshrined in USA law and multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, must be the only goal".
Following their summit in Singapore, Trump and Kim pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and work for finding a peaceful resolution to seven decades of hostilities between the two countries.
His statement was quickly portrayed by critics as a major, unreciprocated concession to a country that only past year was threatening Seoul and Washington with nuclear war.
"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns", he said. The South Korean military seemed similarly surprised.
"When I watch some of those things, I'm kind of embarrassed for those people, as great things are going on", Melissa Francis, the co-host of "Outnumbered", said after the program aired a reel of journalists criticizing Trump's praise of Kim and the president's slapdash approach to the summit.
After the talks, the United States president said that the process of denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula will begin "very soon" and the North Korean leader promised to leave the past behind.
Trump's comments will be questioned by many in South Korea and beyond, with some seeing in them an effort by North Korea to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.
Speaking to the news media after the summit, Trump said he would call Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the talks.
Meanwhile, there is no sign that the American alliance with South Korea and Japan is diminishing, even though Trump has said he would consider withdrawing U.S. troops from the South.
"I want to bring our soldiers back home", Trump said, although he added that it's "not part of the equation right now".
The US president meanwhile told reporters after the summit that he would suspend war games with South Korea, which he described as "expensive" and "provocative". "The road ahead is a long one, but today there is hope that the president has put us on a path to lasting peace in the Korean peninsula".
"I think Iran is a different country now than it was three or four months ago", he added.
A meeting between the leaders of both South Korea and North Korea in April also boosted optimism and intrigue in the city.
Donald Trump's dramatic meeting with North Korea's leader may have been choreographed to look like a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, but the summit appears to have failed to secure any concrete commitments by Pyongyang for dismantling its nuclear arsenal. The agreement required Iran to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for relief from global sanctions.
"We have received no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises - to include Ulchi Freedom Guardian".