Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kim summit 'may not have happened without Otto Warmbier'

Kim summit 'may not have happened without Otto Warmbier'

Warmbier was a 22-year-old American student from the University of Virginia who visited North Korea in 2016. "Something happened from that day", Trump said. After falling into a coma, Warmbier was brought back to the USA but died shortly afterwards. 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.

Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco listed Warmbier's cause of death as brain damage from oxygen deprivation through "an unknown insult more than a year prior to death".

North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims.

'I believe it's a rough situation over there, there's no question about it, and we did discuss it today pretty strongly.at pretty good length, and we'll be doing something on it, ' he said.

After the meeting, Trump said Kim has a "great personality" and is "a very talented man". I think without Otto, this would not have happened.

"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.

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"The outcome is going to determine whether this was a historic turning point or whether this was a debacle".

In a landmark 2014 report, United Nations investigators said that 80,000 to 120,000 people were thought to be held in camps in North Korea. We're not special, but we're Americans and we know what freedom's like, and we have to stand up for this.

In April, Warmbier's parents filed a lawsuit against North Korea, alleging that the government tortured and murdered their son. "Very few people at that age - you can take one out of 10,000 - probably couldn't do it".

Trump has appeared largely unconcerned about the implications of feting an authoritarian leader suspected of ordering the public assassination of his half brother with a nerve agent, executing his uncle by firing squad and killing United States college student Otto Warmbier.

North Korean officials said Warmbier suffered a brain injury after contacting botulism, a form of poisoning, but USA doctors found no evidence of the condition. How can I not?

'The only thing we can do is rub their noses in this.

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