"South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the Freedom Guardian military drill scheduled for August", South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement. "We have made clear this is a goodwill gesture to strengthen dialog momentum".
Song Min-soon, South Korea's former foreign minister under President Roh Moo-hyun, who served as Seoul's point man in the six-party talks, hailed the suspension of the Freedom Guardian drill, saying it was about time the allies reciprocated Pyongyang's halt of its missile and nuclear tests and the demolition of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site last month.
She noted that while much can be done regarding "confidence-building measures", South Korea - and South Korean businesses - remain bound by UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
Japanese officials said Tuesday they hope the strong USA security role that has underpinned the Asia-Pacific region for decades will remain unchanged despite Washington's decision to suspend a major military drill held every year with South Korea. Only 10 percent of Japanese respondents said they believe there will be a resolution within a decade, whereas over 60 percent of South Koreans said the same.
Japan on Tuesday hoped that the United States would remain committed towards defending the region despite suspending its annual military drills with South Korea to create a conducive atmosphere for talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea.
Marines of the US and South Korea (wearing blue headbands on their helmets) take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, as part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises March 12, 2016, in Pohang, South Korea.
Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a command and control exercise created to "enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula", the Pentagon said.
Trump's decision to suspend the exercises, coupled with the vague joint statement issued after his summit with Kim, have reinforced fears in South Korea that the North is attempting to take advantage of a United States president who appears to care less about the traditional alliance than his predecessors.
While South Korea has no nuclear arms and the United States withdrew tactical nuclear weapons from the peninsula in 1991, Kang did not address the assets which comprise the wider, regional USA nuclear umbrella - such as strategic bombers and nuclear submarines.
South Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said South Korea and China shared the strategic goal of completely denuclearising the Korean peninsula. "We are still coordinating additional actions". Add South Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest South Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. -North Korean summit was held in Singapore.
If the team is successful, paddlers from North and South would also compete at the Dragon Boat World Championships in the USA in September, Kim added, which would send a "tremendous message of peace". But the project failed to take off due to tensions over the North's nuclear weapons programme.
On ease of doing business in India, Ms Park said, "We have about 700 (South Korean) companies in India and they have found opportunities to do business".
Agreement was reached to hold a basketball match between the two Koreas in Pyongyang on July 4 and a separate basketball match this fall in Seoul.
After the summit North Korea state media reported that Trump agreed to a "step-by-step" process linking concessions to incremental progress, while USA officials insist that complete denuclearization must come before any relief is offered.