Kim's vows to denuclearize were reported by state media Wednesday within that context - that Pyongyang would respond to easing of what it sees as the USA hostile policy against it with commensurate but gradual moves toward "the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
But ordinary North Koreans are not confident improvement in US-North Korea relations will last long, defectors have said.
But the program was suspended as political conditions deteriorated between the two countries.
Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting which was a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved global legitimacy. "Do you think we're going to see a spike in Haagen Dazs sales after this?"
"We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money", Trump told reporters, adding that "at some point" he wanted to withdraw United States troops from the South.
Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman flew into Singapore late Monday ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, playing down expectations of an immediate breakthrough at the historic meeting. "Because it does not meet what I would call minimum requirements in terms of what we expect them to do and what they expect us to do".
The North Korean leader is also apparently taking defensive measures to prevent intelligence agencies from trying to glean information about his health: He's packed his own toilet.
During his exchanges with Trump, Kim seemed to buy into the cinematography of their unlikely meeting, saying through a translator, "many people in the world that will think of this as a scene from a. science fiction movie".
The presidential Blue House said it needed "to find out the precise meaning or intentions" of Mr Trump's statement, while adding that it was willing to "explore various measures to help the talks move forward more smoothly".
North Korea is believed to possess more than 50 nuclear warheads, with its atomic program spread across more than 100 sites constructed over decades to evade worldwide inspections. -South Korea military exercises along the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, a tangible concession that drew criticism from a number of lawmakers back home.
Generations of North Korean leaders have made and broken promises before - this Administration's success will be judged on whether it can eliminate Kim's nuclear weapons and verify they are gone.
Trump faces Japanese pressure to keep sanctions in place, and a push by China to lift them.