U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday touted his administration's push for peace through negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Trump said much work remains to be done to denuclearize the North, and sanctions will remain in place to that end.
"With support from many countries here today, we have engaged with North Korea to replace the specter of conflict with a bold and new push for peace," Trump said.
Citing his landmark Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June, he said the two had "highly productive" conversations and agreed it was in both countries' interest to pursue denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump struck a markedly different tone from a year ago when he stood at the same podium to threaten to "totally destroy" North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and mocked Kim with the moniker "Rocket Man."
This year he thanked the North Korean leader for his "courage" and the steps he has taken so far to honor their Singapore agreement, including the suspension of nuclear and ballistic missile tests and the ongoing dismantlement of "some military facilities."
Trump also thanked the international community for its support in the denuclearization campaign, and singled out South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Source: Yonhap News Agency