Kim summit 'may not have happened without Otto Warmbier'

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

North Korean officials accused Trump of overdramatizing Warmbier's condition in an effort to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons arsenal. His parents are good friends of mine.

Warmbier's mother Cindy told a United Nations symposium on the human rights situation in North Korea last month: 'I can't let Otto die in vain.

"I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump said in response to a question from NBC News' Hallie Jackson. It was brutal. A lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea'.

He had been imprisoned in North Korea from January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.

"Today I assured his dad, as the president said two days ago, their beloved son, Otto Warmbier, will not have died in vain", Pence said. I told this to his parents: A special young man, and I have to say: Special parents, special people.

The US President says he believes Kim wants to do the right thing.

However, he was released by North Korea on "humanitarian grounds" in June 2017 and sent home in a coma, where doctors described his condition as "unresponsive wakefulness". He died days later.

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An immigration officer escorting Kim Jong-Nam, son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, getting off a bus to board an All Nippon Airways flight at Narita airport near Tokyo, on May 4, 2001.

A coroner disputed claims by Warmbier's parents that his teeth were damaged, and said her office's post-mortem exam indicated he had been well tended to in the year since something unknown starved his brain of oxygen.

The lawsuit says Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was on an innocent five-day trip to North Korea in December 2015 at the time that the USA announced new sanctions against Kim's regime over its nuclear weapons proliferation activities.

Cindy Warmbier said Otto was brain dead at four months of captivity, and anyone who had a heart would have said, 'Well, we screwed up, let's get him some medical care'. "That's the bottom line". Trump said Kim informed him of this development during the historic nuclear summit they held Tuesday in Singapore.

He will be ending joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Trump said he is open to visiting Kim some day in Pyongyang.

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