Donald Trump: Death of Otto Warmbier Led to North Korea Summit

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

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. "It was a awful thing". It was brutal. 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", Trump said.

"If the president really wants to make sure that Otto Warmbier didn't die in vain, then I think that it is incumbent on him to be as harsh as humanly possible on the Kim regime", Shapiro said.

'Otto did not die in vain.

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

Trump directed the State Department to secure Warmbier's release a year ago. '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.

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.

Shapiro said North Korea is a "slave state with 25 million prisoners and a gulag system".

Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in 2016.

"Without Otto Warmbier, this summit wouldn't have happened", the President said.

Warmbier was detained on January 2, 2016, as his tour group was departing, and accused of hostile acts against the country as an agent of the U.S. government - specifically, stealing a political poster from his hotel as a "trophy". He was imprisoned and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after security footage showed him attempting to take a banner that was hanging in his hotel.

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

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Wyoming, Ohio, died at the age of 22, days after he was returned to the United States in a coma.

But instead, she said, the North Koreans left him in a terrible 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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