Trump credits Warmbier for NK summit: 'Otto did not die in vain'

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

Reunification ribbons at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas

Former Defense Secretary under President Barack Obama Leon Panetta says President Trump shouldn't give anything to North Korea until he sees what steps they are prepared to take to denuclearize. "Hopefully something positive can come from this".

The U.S. president said he raised the issue of human rights with Kim, and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to 'do the right thing.' He said the negotiations he has initiated should help improve conditions in the isolated country.

'I think without Otto this would not have happened.

"Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life". "It was a bad thing". I really think Otto is someone who did not die in vain.

President Trump salutes Fred and Cindy Warmbier, whose son was imprisoned in North Korea and returned to America on the verge of death; pledges to honor Otto's memory with American resolve.

Trump appeared to sidestep a question about him calling Kim "talented" given North Korea's humanitarian record and human rights violations by crediting Warmbier's death for bringing the two world leaders together. "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 had a lot to do with us being here today".

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

The Wyoming, Ohio, native was in North Korea with a tour group when he was detained for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and was charged with spying.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH said on Tuesday that the day he joined Warmbier's parents to welcome their son home almost a year ago "is a constant reminder to me about the evil nature of this regime".

"Following this historic summit, I remain skeptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress", Portman said in a statement.

In April, Warmbier's parents filed a lawsuit against North Korea, alleging that the government tortured and murdered their son.

Panetta pointed to previous USA administrations that tried to negotiate with Pyongyang, but failed to make the deals stick.

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