Kim summit 'may not have happened without Otto Warmbier'

Marco Green
June 12, 2018

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.

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.

"I think that without Otto this would not have happened". Trump said Kim informed him of this development during the historic nuclear summit they held Tuesday in Singapore.

"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". "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".

Trump first ignored a question about whether he and Kim discussed Warmbier as the two leaders signed the agreement, leading many on Twitter to point out that the reclusive regime's human rights violations have taken a back seat during the negotiations.

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

After assuming power, Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by firing squad and his half-brother killed with a nerve agent in an airport in Malaysia.

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

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.

Warmbier's parents have sued North Korea, alleging that the nation's government brutally tortured and murdered their son.

"We are proud of Otto and miss him", the parents said in a statement.

Warmbier, 22, was accused in January 2016 of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting the country. He was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor.

Warmbier was evacuated in a coma on June 13, 2017, and returned home to his family in Cincinnati.

But instead, she said, the North Koreans left him in a awful place with no care to vegetate, and then acted "like we're doing the world a favor" and released him saying he had botulism - which USA doctors never confirmed.

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