Donald Trump: Death of Otto Warmbier Led to North Korea Summit

Trump says Otto Warmbier 'did not die in vain' after Korea summit

Trump said at a news conference tonight after meeting face to face with Kim that "real change is indeed possible". By then, he had spend 17 months a North Korean prison.

But in his first face-to-face encounter with Kim, Trump was accused of ignoring the pariah state's human rights record.

"Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened", the President said.

"Something happened from that day, it was a awful thing". "It was a awful thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on - including North Korea".

President Donald Trump credited Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia undergraduate who died after being imprisoned in North Korea, with the creation of Tuesday's historic nuclear summit. Warmbier was flown back to the U.S.in a state described by doctors as one of "unresponsive wakefulness, " unable to speak, see or react to verbal commands.

Otto Warmbier was detained in North Korea in January 2016 after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster at his hotel during his five-day tour of the country.

An Ohio coroner said the cause of his death was lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.

Trump has appeared largely unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and killing USA college student Otto Warmbier. "He had a lot to do with us being here today".

"They will be doing things and I think he wants to do things", Trump said, referring to Kim.

In a landmark 2014 report, United Nations investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in camps in North Korea. "At a certain point, I really think he's going to do something about it".

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