Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Warmbier family rebukes Trump over comments on their son's death

Warmbier family rebukes Trump over comments on their son's death

President Donald Trump, right, with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 28, 2019.

-North Korea summit in Hanoi, where no progress was made towards either denuclearization or sanctions relief, Kim Jong Un's regime is receiving fresh criticism for its role in the 2017 death of USA citizen Otto Warmbier.

On Friday, the parents of Otto Warmbier blamed Kim's "evil regime" for his death.

"I really believe something very bad happened to him, and I don't think that the top leadership knew about it".

The United States and South Korea have suspended a number of military exercises since the first summit previous year between Kim and Trump to encourage talks with North Korea.

Conway said Trump still holds North Korea responsible but stopped short of laying blame on the leader of the reclusive communist nation.

"Instead of making excuses for Chairman Kim, Trump should have demanded to know what happened to Otto, who was responsible for the rights abuses that caused his brain damage, and what was done to hold the perpetrators accountable".

Kellyanne Conway responded Friday to a statement by the parents of Otto Warmbier (warm-BEER') that "Kim and his evil regime are responsible" for the 22-year-old OH man's death in 2017 soon after his release after 17 months of captivity.

Washington politicians quickly reminded the president that in 2017 he took credit for obtaining Warmbier's release. We had very substantive negotiations with Kim Jong Un - we know what they want and they know what we must have.

Trump has praised and offered condolences to the Warmbiers on more than one occasion, including when they were invited to his state of the union address in January 2018.

"My administration will closely communicate and cooperate with the United States and North Korea so as to help their talks reach a complete settlement by any means", Moon said in a speech in Seoul. Warmbier's doctors in the U.S. said he suffered extensive brain damage.

The Warmbiers say they remained silent during the Trump-Kim summit but "now we must speak out".

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student had been visiting North Korea with a tour group when he was detained. North Korea denied mistreating him, saying he fell into a coma that resulted from botulism and a sleeping pill.

The issue arose in Vietnam on Thursday when Trump was asked at a news conference if he had talked to Kim - whom he has called a "friend" - about Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after his release from more than a year of detention in North Korea. He died soon after his return to the United States.

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