Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

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

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

They said "no excuses or lavish praise can change that".

South Korea will work with the United States and North Korea to help them reach a denuclearisation deal, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday, a day after a US-North Korean summit collapsed over a disagreement on sanctions.

China, which is North Korea's primary trade partner and traditional political ally, has in recent years accepted the adoption of tough sanctions against Pyongyang by the UNSC in order to pressurize the regime into stopping its nuclear weapon and missile development programmes.

In his post-summit news conference in Hanoi on Thursday, President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping for being "very helpful" with North Korea.

"I love Otto and think of him often!" he wrote.

Watch more from Wallace above, and see Kellyanne Conway's reaction to the Warmbiers' statement below. Trump claimed that Kim asked for all sanctions on his country to be lifted in exchange for only partial denuclearization, while North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho disputed that claim, saying that Kim only asked for partial sanctions relief.

Pompeo traveled to the Philippines from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he participated in the Trump-Kim summit as well as bilateral meetings with Vietnamese leaders.


"It's very clear. The Warmbiers say that Kim is responsible, along with North Korea, and President Trump says he takes Kim at his word that he wasn't". A court there sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for the alleged offense.

Warmbier's parents were then invited to attend Trump's State of the Union address in Congress in January 2018 and were hailed as "incredible people" in his speech. Trump took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, saying: "Of course I hold North Korea responsible for Otto's mistreatment and death". His parents had been informed Otto was in a coma, but GQ reported at the time that the situation was far graver.

President Donald Trump has scolded the media for "misrepresenting" his words on Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died shortly after his release from a North Korean jail, saying that he holds still the reclusive nation responsible.

In a tweet earlier Friday, before the Warmbier statement, Trump sought to put a good spin on his abortive nuclear talks with Kim. "There is something wrong with Putin, Kim Jong Un - in my view, thugs - that the president chooses to believe", Pelosi said. He died soon after his return to the United States.

Each sought to blame the other's intransigence for the deadlock, with Trump insisting Pyongyang wanted the lifting of all sanctions imposed over its banned weapons programs, something U.S. officials were unwilling to do.

On December 24, a USA judge ordered North Korea to pay $501 million over Warmbier's death from apparent torture.

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