President Donald Trump praised North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as “very open” and “terrific” Monday and announced he likely will hold a second summit with Kim “quite soon,” striking a far less ominous note at the United Nations about the nuclear threat from the North.
Twelve months after Trump stood at the rostrum of the U.N. General Assembly and derided Kim as “Rocket Man,” the push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is a work in progress, although fears of war have given way to dreams of rapprochement. The president’s bellicose denunciations of Pyongyang have largely given way to hopeful notes, as Trump praised Kim as “very open” and “terrific.”
“It was a different world,” Trump said Monday of his one-time moniker for the North Korean leader. “That was a dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time.”