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

Donald Trump has said that his historic summit with Kim Jong Un would not have happened with Otto Warmbier, the U.S. university student who was detained and tortured in North Korea for 17 months. "It was a bad thing". It was brutal. But a lot of people started to focus in what was going on, including North Korea.

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

Warmbier was released by the North Korean regime on June 12, 2017, and died one week after aged 22. I don't say it was nice, I don't say anything about it.

Warmbier's mother Cindy told a United Nations symposium on the human rights situation in North Korea last month: 'I can't let Otto die in vain.

"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.

Warmbier was "a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life", he said, adding that the student's parents were "good friends of mine".

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

Trump held a press conference to go over his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un today.

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The North Koreans claimed that Warmbier contracted botulism, caused by a rare toxin, and then fell into coma after taking a sleeping pill.

Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student from OH, was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016 after he was arrested for taking a poster from a hotel he was staying in while on a tourist visit to Pyongyang and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

In April, the parents of Otto Warmbier sued the Pyongyang regime for the alleged torture and murder of their son.

Cindy and her husband Fred Warmbier have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea, saying its government tortured and killed their son.

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 United States government - specifically, stealing a political poster from his hotel as a "trophy".

He had been imprisoned in North Korea beginning in January 2016 after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal a poster bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.

'No, I think I've helped them, because I think things will change. I told that to his parents.

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