Trump admits to Hannity that North Korean denuclearization deal might not happen

02 March, 2019, 00:41 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • North Korean leader Kim during the bilateral meeting with US President Trump

"After this summit, we have noticed that both sides made statements about the lifting of sanctions".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted there had been confusion, however, and said he was unclear about what the North was prepared to close at the Yongbyon facility. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity.

Donald Trump has failed to reach a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, cutting short their second summit on denuclearisation and rounding off a tumultuous 24 hours for the United States president.

The president added that he and Kim spoke about Warmbier during their meetings, and Kim said "he felt badly" about his death.

"He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word", Trump told a news conference. In July, Trump refused to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for interfering in US election.

North Korea has denied mistreating Warmbier.

"I don't think that the top leadership knew about it", Trump said Thursday.


As Yuki Tatsumi highlighted before the two-day summit, Japanese officials and observers had been nervous about the possibility of Trump signing up to a deal that provided premature incentives to North Korea.

"In a totalitarian state like North Korea, Kim Jong Un would know every aspect of the trial and imprisonment of a high-value hostage like Otto Warmbier", Robertson said. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that".

The president's comments about the Warmbier case called to mind other times when he chose to believe autocrats over his own intelligence agencies, including siding with the Saudi royal family regarding the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and supporting Russia's Vladimir Putin's denials that he interfered with the 2016 election. Seoul would consult with the USA on ways to resume South Korean tourism to the North's Mount Kumgang and operations at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, where Southern firms used to be staffed by Northern workers, he said.

The US president's prediction on Wednesday in the Vietnamese capital of a "very successful" summit with North Korea augurs well for global peace. Warmbier died in June 2017 after being returned home in a vegetative state.

After the family's sharp statement, the White House tried to explain what Trump meant. Trump had two hours of one-to-one talks with the North Korean leader on Wednesday.

Republican and Democratic politicians, including Trump's former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, quickly rebutted Trump's claim of Kim's innocence. "Kim's domestic political risk is also high".

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