"I think what the vice president said today - and we'll continue to clarify what the president had talked about - exercises will continue with South Korea", Gardner said during a news conference with other GOP leaders.
"In coordination with our ROK partners, we will continue with our current military posture until we receive updated guidance from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)", the statement added.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is "cautiously optimistic" following yesterday's summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, but believes the truly historic day will be when the last of North Korea's nuclear weapons is dismantled.
Trump said he will send his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul after the summit to explain the results and discuss cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.
-South Korean military drills - and wants to remove the 28,500 US troops stationed in the South as a deterrent against North Korea.
-North Korea summit in Singapore. "We pay for the majority of them", the president said.
While Trump said his concerns about the exercises stemmed from their price tag, critics saw an unforced concession to two of the U.S.'s major adversaries.
Summit With North Korea "One-Time Chance" For Peace, Says Donald Trump
While 2018 started off positively the summit was placed in doubt following fiery exchanges between Mr Trump and North Korea. Trump further noted that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a "mission of peace".
Earlier, discussions took place on the possibility of President Moon Jae-in joining Kim and Trump in Singapore for follow-up talks on ending the war, but Moon was not invited.
Unfortunately for President Trump, who has implied a victory that his predecessors were incapable of achieving, the path to peace has been littered with grandiose statements that ended in failed deals and broken promises.
Experts noted the summit outcome fell far short of the US administration's goal of the complete, verified and irreversible denuclearization of the North.
Only hours before the summit, Mattis told Pentagon reporters that, as far as he knew, the issue of U.S. troops in South Korea would not be part of any discussion in Singapore.
They hold joint military exercises every year that anger North Korea which has long demanded an end to the drills and frequently responds with volatile steps of its own, leading to a spike in tensions.
"The language on denuclearization was stunningly weak, even given low expectations", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists. Trump described his meeting with Kim as "better than anyone could have expected". I want to get our soldiers out. -South Korea military exercises, which he and North Korea both called provocative.
The military doesn't use the term "war games".