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Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta

12 June 2018

"The sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor", Trump said in Singapore after his summit with Kim.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American college student Otto Warmbier "did not die in vain" because the fallout from his case spurred U.S.

A coroner disputed claims by Warmbier's parents that his teeth were damaged, and said her office's post-mortem exam indicated he had been well tended to in the year since something unknown starved his brain of oxygen.

North Korean officials accused Trump of overdramatizing Warmbier's condition in an effort to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons arsenal.

'Otto did not die in vain.

"His parents are good friends of mine". I think without Otto, this would not have happened. "Something happened from that day, was a awful thing".

"Something happened from that day - it was a awful thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea".

Warmbier's mother Cindy told a United Nations symposium on the human rights situation in North Korea last month: 'I can't let Otto die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today, ' Trump added.

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.

The parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are suing North Korea alleging that the country violated worldwide law by killing their son.

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 returned to the U.S.in a coma a year ago and died shortly after arriving in his hometown of Cincinnati.

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 USA government - specifically, stealing a political poster from his hotel as a "trophy".

Panetta pointed to previous US administrations that tried to negotiate with Pyongyang, but failed to make the deals stick.

"Something happened from that day", Trump said at the press conference Tuesday.

Trump ‘can’t jump ahead’ in North Korea negotiations: Leon Panetta