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Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says

Singapore agreement will end Cold War, S. Korea president says

Still, after the summit, Trump applauded the North Korean leader and said the people "love" Kim, regardless of Trump's previous remarks denouncing the regime's purported human rights abuses.

"So I think the rhetoric, I hated to do it", he continued. It was brutal. A lot of people started to focus on what was going on, including North Korea'.

Warmbier was "a very special person and he will be for a long time in my life", he said, adding that the student's parents were "good friends of mine". It is a major accomplishment for Kim Jong Un.

He praised Trump and Kim for their "courage and determination" not to settle for "that outdated and familiar reality but to take a daring step towards change".

Although human rights was not included in the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the usa president said he raised the issue and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to "do the right thing".

The summit, where Trump and Kim signed a joint statement agreeing to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, was held on the one-year anniversary of Warmbier's release.




Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulous that he can only assess Kim based on their meeting. He has already invited the North's leader to visit the White House and Kim Jong-un has agreed to come. Trump tweeted in September 2017 that Warmbier "was tortured beyond belief by North Korea".

He served 527 days of a 15-year sentence of hard labor, during which U.S. officials staged a surprise trip to Pyongyang last September and demanded that Pyongyang send him home on "humanitarian grounds".

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".

"Unfortunately, we do not know if Kim has made a strategic decision to denuclearise and it is unclear if further negotiations will lead to the end goal of denuclearisation", said Anthony Ruggiero, senior fellow at Washington's Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

Warmbier, from Wyoming, Ohio, and a student at the University of Virginia, died at the age of 22 days after he was returned to the United States in a coma.


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