U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he's not prioritizing North Korea quickly giving up its nuclear weapons in a brief statement before more talks with the pariah state's autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un.
Instead, Trump said he is pleased that there was no evidence North Korea had conducted nuclear or ballistic missile tests in more than a year.
"Speed is not that important to me," the president said. "I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it — very much appreciate it."
"I am in no rush — just we don't want the testing and we've developed something very special with respect to that," Trump added.
That marked a step back from Trump's claim last year that Pyongyang would begin relinquishing its nuclear capabilities "very, very quickly." In fact, the president repeatedly emphasized Thursday morning that he was not looking to find a solution to North Korea's nuclear threat by the end of this week's summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.