Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea sanctions to 'remain in effect’

North Korea sanctions to 'remain in effect’

President Donald Trump said his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "would not have happened" without Otto Warmbier, the American college student who mysteriously died after being sent home from a North Korean labor camp past year.

He lionised Trump for achieving "a feat that no one else has ever delivered", adding Kim would also be remembered as "a leader who made a historic moment by taking the first bold step toward the world".

"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it", he continued.

The vice president commended Trump on his success thus far with North Korea, speaking of that country's participation in the Winter Olympics, the suspension of all ballistic missile testing and, recently, the release of three American hostages.

Well it's in many ways a great victory for Kim Jong-un.

The summit between the two leaders occurred on Monday evening USA time and Tuesday in Singapore, ending with Trump and Kim vowing to "denuke" North Korea. According to current reports, it ended amicably with the two shaking hands and smiling, though details of their plan still need to be hashed out.

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He added: "In an idealistic world people would say to walk off the pitch but that means we would be thrown out of the tournament, which. many people would agree with".

Trump said he will send his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul after the summit to explain the results and discuss cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.

Trump sounded optimistic, telling Hannity that he and Kim "got along from the beginning" and that Kim understood the need to dismantle his nuclear program. "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the United States, say the haters & losers", he tweeted.

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. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 after a tear-filled confession on camera in a North Korean courtroom.

Otto Warmbier was detained in North Korea in January 2016 after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster at his hotel during his five-day tour of the country. Trump tweeted in September 2017 that Warmbier "was tortured beyond belief by North Korea".

Told by doctors he would never recover, the parents agreed to remove him from life support and he died six days later, age 22.

"We will be there together with North Korea along the way", he said.

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