Wallace: Trump Made 'Completely Unforced Error' With Remark About Otto Warmbier

"After this summit, we have noticed that both sides made statements about the lifting of sanctions".

"What we proposed was not the removal of all sanctions, but the partial removal", Foreign Minister said through an interpreter in Hanoi.

Last June, after Mr Trump's first summit with Mr Kim, he credited Mr Warmbier's death with the change in relations between the USA and North Korea, saying that "without Otto, this would not have happened".

Kellyanne Conway responded Friday to a statement by the parents of Otto Warmbier (warm-BEER') that "Kim and his evil regime are responsible" for the 22-year-old OH man's death in 2017 soon after his release after 17 months of captivity.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier pushed back in a statement today, saying they had remained silent earlier this week while Mr Trump and Mr Kim met in Vietnam.

"That said, it is important to note that President Trump did bring up Otto in his conversation with Kim Jong-un", Scarlatoiu said.

Trump said "something very bad happened" to Warmbier, but added that he didn't believe Kim knew about it or would have allowed it to happen. "I have high regard for President Trump, who has expressed his commitment to continuing talks and optimistic views", he said.


But on Thursday, Trump said at his own news conference after the two leaders' meeting that Kim "wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn't do that".

Those unspecified USA measures appear to have been complete sanctions relief, which Mr Trump would not offer. They said "no excuses or lavish praise can change that". "And of course, it's not just about Otto or other visitors - it's about how the people of North Korea are treated, many of whom have also had their human rights violated".

"Otto Warmbier's bogus arrest and brutal murder was an worldwide incident". Despite the pause in nuclear and missile tests, which Trump has cited as an achievement, Japan's 2018 defense white paper noted that "there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat".

But he was returned to the U.S.in a coma after suffering an unknown neurological injury. Trump had said Warmbier's fate was instrumental in spurring the two leaders to meet in person.

Last summer, Warmbier's parents praised Trump after he said the first summit with Kim might not have happened if not for Warmbier, and that "Otto did not die in vain".

In exchange for undoing its nuclear arsenal, Trump is pitching a vision of North Korea as a new Asian economic powerhouse.


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