One Year After ‘Rocket Man’ Taunt, Trump Lauds Kim in UN Speech: I Thank Him For His ‘Courage’

President Donald Trump‘s Tuesday speech at the United Nations General Assembly marked a shift in tone on North Korea as he moved away from inflammatory rhetoric and expressed praise for dictator Kim Jong Un.

“I would like to thank chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he’s taken, though much work remains to be done,” Trump said. “I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment.”

However, sanctions, Trump noted, will stay active until North Korea denuclearizes. That term has been a source of debate as major questions remain as to what steps Kim will take to enact that change, and how far he’s willing to go.

The president credited his June summit with Kim in Singapore for the progress, adding that the dictator’s regime has ended its nuclear testing, dismantled certain military facilities and set free U.S. hostages.

While experts have cautioned that the president’s newfound friendliness toward Kim could backfire as it isn’t pressuring him enough to give up his nuclear weapons, Trump called this “a moment that is actually far greater than people would understand.”

Watch the clip above via CNN.

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