Otto Warmbier's parents: ‘Hopefully something positive' will come from Trump-Kim summit

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

Donald Trump has said that his historic summit with Kim Jong Un would not have happened with Otto Warmbier, the USA university student who was detained and tortured in North Korea for 17 months. "Hopefully something positive can come from this".

But in his first face-to-face encounter with Kim, Trump was accused of ignoring the pariah state's human rights record. "But they will be doing things, and I think he wants to do things".

The summit, where Trump and Kim signed a joint statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, was held on the one-year anniversary of Warmbier's release.

'Otto did not die in vain. "It was a awful thing".

Earlier Tuesday, after his historic summit with Kim, Trump said the meeting between the two leaders may not have happened if not for the death of Otto Warmbier.

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

He defended calling Kim a "very talented" leader, despite the atrocities that he committed and his government's treatment of Warmbier. "Otto is someone who did not die in vain". He had a lot to do with us being here today, ' Trump added.

He was taken straight from Lunken Airport to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died six days later.

In May 2015, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers that Kim had ordered his defense chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him, and sleeping during a meeting over which he was presiding.

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.

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

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.

His family has said North Korea "destroyed" him and sued North Korea alleging the "rogue regime took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and brutally tortured and murdered him". The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks compensation for the death of their 22-year-old son in June 2017.



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