Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump credits Warmbier for NK summit: 'Otto did not die in vain'

President Moon Jae-in on Monday acknowledged that solving the North Korean nuclear problem could take a couple of years.

The joint statement signed by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated: "The United States and the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here".

"Something happened from that day". "It was a bad thing".

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. "I think we just need to continue to be concerned about whether or not North Korea is going to stand by its word".

"Otto Warmbier is a very special person and he will be for a very long time in my life".

Trump, who has in the past condemned North Korea as one of the world's most brutal regimes, said he had discussed human rights with Kim.

"Well, he is very talented", Trump replied. "The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the USA, say the haters & losers", he tweeted.

After assuming power, Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by firing squad and his half-brother killed with a nerve agent in an airport in Malaysia.

Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulous that he can only assess Kim based on their meeting.

He will invite Kim to visit the White House at the "appropriate time", and Kim has accepted.

Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier said they appreciated Trump's comments.

Moon played a key role in keeping alive contacts with North Korea after Trump abruptly canceled the summit late last month, and South Korea has led parallel talks with Kim's regime over initiatives that include plans to open a quasi-diplomatic "liaison office" in the North.

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".

North Korean authorities arrested Warmbier in January 2016 for stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor in prison.

Warmbier was evacuated in a coma on June 13, 2017, and returned home to his family in Cincinnati.

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