US President Donald Trump said that the US could "go back" into the Paris climate deal - having withdrawn America from the global accord last year.
"We could conceivably go back in ... I feel very strongly about the environment," Trump said during a joint news conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Trump began the withdrawal process in June last year but it will not officially conclude per the terms of United Nations-brokered agreement until just before the 2020 US election.
The agreement was signed under former President Barack Obama's administration in December 2015 by nearly 200 countries to curb global carbon emissions and contain global warming to 2 C.
Trump called climate change a "hoax" in the past - one perpetrated by the Chinese.
The President said in his 1 June 2016 withdrawal announcement that the agreement put American workers - particularly in the coal industry - at an "economic disadvantage."
The Paris accord "as drawn and as we signed was very unfair to the US," he said today.
Trump further noted that the agreement "put penalties on us...and took away a lot of our asset values."
Trump said that this is "rich in gas, and coal, and oil, and other things...there was a tremendous penalty to using it. According to some estimates we would have had to close businesses in order to qualify by 2025," but it was unclear to which "estimates" Trump had been referring.
"Frankly, it's an agreement I had no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that was signed because as usual, [the Obama administration] made a bad deal," he said.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team