Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Obamas to break ground Tuesday on presidential center in Chicago A simple fix can bring revolutionary change to health spending MORE on Monday praised the Paris climate agreement even after President Trump announced earlier this year he is withdrawing the U.S. from the pact.
"The Paris agreement, even with the temporary absence of U.S. leadership, will still be a critical factor in helping our children solve the enormous challenge in civilization," Obama said at a Seoul conference organized by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo media group, according to CNN.
Trump announced at the beginning of June his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.
Trump cast the move as one that puts the U.S. first and called the Paris accord "very unfair at the highest level to the United States."
During his speech Monday, Obama also addressed North Korea.