Japan Gives Trump a Thumb's Up for Hanoi Summit

North Korean leader Kim during the bilateral meeting with US President Trump
North Korean leader Kim during the bilateral meeting with US President Trump
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02 March, 2019

The no deal outcome from Hanoi will have been a huge disappointment for the South Korean president, who brokered the talks process and had touted the summit as a "remarkable breakthrough" for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula. "Maybe it won't get made, but that's the deal that we should have, and you can't give up everything if you don't get that", Trump said. The pair asserted Kim's government is responsible for "unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity", and maintained that "Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto", NBC News reported.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier (WARM'-beer) rebuked President Donald Trump in a statement Friday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un listens to questions from the media during the one-on-one bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at the second North Korea-US summit in the Metropole hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019. "But I don't believe he knew about it", Trump said.

Analysts say since Trump is dogged by scandal at home as his former lawyer Michael Cohen described him as a conman publicly, he is seeking a big foreign policy win to push back domestic troubles.

In a tweet earlier Friday, before the Warmbier statement, Trump sought to put a good spin on his abortive nuclear talks with Kim.

Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui later said the North Korean leader appeared confused by the Americans' "calculus" as she watched the meetings Wednesday and Thursday.

Trump on Thursday emphasized that he helped repatriate Warmbier to the USA, as well as other Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

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He said that even if Kim is telling the truth that did not know about Warmbier's harsh treatment, there is still no reason for Trump to "get into this fight". They said "no excuses or lavish praise can change that". Rob Portman, who took to the Senate floor hours after the president's remarks to say the US can not be "naive" about Kim and about what happened to Warmbier.

"I got the impression that our State Affairs Commission Chairman comrade may have lost his enthusiasm for a deal between the North and the USA down the road", she said. -North Korea summit in Hanoi, according to the White House. Warmbier died a year ago shortly after he was released in a coma.

Trump's comments sparked immediate criticism in the US, though Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea told NK News the USA president's options were likely limited at the time.

Otto Warmbier at a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea in a photo released on 29 February 2016.

"You never should go meet with the North Korean dictator without bringing up the name of Otto Warmbier and bring up the whole issue of human rights over and over", Brown said.

Other DPRK officials also contradicted Trump's assertion that nuclear and missile tests would stay suspended - at Kim's request.


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