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


I think, suspending military exercises is the one thing the U.S. can rather un-problematically do in order to get concessions from North Korea, because lifting sanctions, at this point, before North Korea moves forward toward denuclearization, will encounter a lot of resistance from other people in the American political system. Something happened from that day - it was a bad thing.

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

"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.

"Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life".

"Well, he is very talented", Trump replied.

Charles Armstrong: Well, I expected the meeting to result in a declaration of principles and goals rather than something with specific, action implementation elements; but I have to say it was even more vague and lacking in substance than I expected. 'People say why are you doing this?

Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

His parents are good friends of mine, ' Trump told reporters and a global TV audience after his nuclear summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un. It's "stunning" and "not to be minimized in any way", but it's also important to remember that "Kim Jong Un has given up nothing at this point".

But Panetta, who previously worked for President Barack Obama, said there are a "huge number of issues" that will actually involve the denuclearization of North Korea, which owns an estimated 20 to 60 nuclear weapons with about 141 sites that can produce them.

In April, the parents of Otto Warmbier sued the Pyongyang regime for the alleged torture and murder of their son. Trump said the negotiations he has initiated should help improve conditions in the isolated country, which successive USA administrations have targeted for gross human rights violations.

North Korean authorities arrested Warmbier in January 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor in prison.

After lengthy negotiations, he was returned to the United States on June 13, 2017, comatose. But doctors in Cincinnati found no evidence of botulism - yet also said there were no signs of fractures to indicate he was beaten into the coma.