Hours after photos of vigorous handshakes and awkward smiles between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump was sent out across the globe from their summit in Singapore, China officially suggested that the sanctions may now be removed gradually, pending discussions.
Tuesday's summit was the first time a sitting USA president had met face-to-face with a North Korean leader.
The US has long resisted calls from North Korea and China for a "suspension for suspension", whereby the US would stop military drills in exchange for a freeze in North Korean missile and nuclear testing.
"We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Mr Trump said, labelling the exercises "inappropriate" and "very provocative".
Security experts warn that a reduction in USA military presence in East Asia would alter the balance of power in the region as China's engages in a rapid military build-up.
After the summit, Trump said the process of repatriating remains would begin immediately.
When asked to clarify Pence's message on whether the joint military exercises would continue, Gardner, who leads a Senate panel overseeing policy toward North Korea, responded: "I think there are certain exercises that will continue, yes".
In the summit agreement, Kim and Trump affirmed their commitment to "complete" denuclearization, falling short of the U.S.'s longtime demand for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.
A presidential spokesman, in a cautious response, said Seoul needed to understand "the exact meaning and intention" of Mr Trump's remarks.
Peskov says the meeting confirms Russian President Vladimir Putin's view that "there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means in solving the problem of the Korean Peninsula".
But he said sanctions would remain in place for now and argued "we haven't given up anything".
Neely's fellow NBC anchor Richard Engel added that when he reached out to the South Korean military, they said they'd have to take a look at the official documents and check the language.
President Donald Trump made history with a handshake in his face-to-face meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
A spokeswoman for USA military forces in Korea said they had not received any direction to cease joint military drills.
While official statistics from North Korea are hard to come by due to the ruling regimes limited contact with the larger global economy, India remains North Korea's 2nd-largest import source after China, according to several estimates by multilateral bodies. "[US] President [Donald] Trump's statement that there is no need for new American-South Korean drills at the specified stage will help further gain the right pace". In a separate statement, White said Mattis was "fully aligned" with Trump.