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

Erika Holt
June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump said his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "would not have happened" without Otto Warmbier, the American college student who mysteriously died after being sent home from a North Korean labor camp past year.

Meanwhile, there is no sign that the American alliance with South Korea and Japan is diminishing, even though Trump has said he would consider withdrawing USA troops from the South.

Heading into Tuesday's summit, the big competing items on the table came down to what by now are popular acronyms, with the U.S. seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or CVID (complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation), and the North Korean leadership rejecting unilateral nuclear disarmament while seeking its survival, or CVIG (complete, verifiable, irreversible guarantee of North Korea's security).

Trump tweeted in September 2017 that Warmbier "was tortured beyond belief by North Korea".

In 2003, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi allowed independent inspectors to verify that its nuclear and chemical programs were shut down.

On June 6, South Korea's Memorial Day, Moon said the return of the remains of missing Americans and the estimated 120,000 South Koreans also missing from the 1950-53 war was a top priority for the Trump-Kim summit.

DPRK stands for North Korea's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Cindy and her husband Fred Warmbier have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against North Korea, saying its government tortured and killed their son.

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Bolton in turn called the description "the highest accolade I received during all my service in the Bush years".

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. North Korea historically has called for the removal of the United States "nuclear umbrella" over South Korea and Japan.

"I'm very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from our meetings tomorrow", he said. "I've done great at it", Trump said.

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"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here".

"We are going to take care of a very big and very unsafe problem for the world", Trump said after the meeting in a joint statement with Kim.

But instead, she said, the North Koreans left him in a frightful place with no care to vegetate, and then acted "like we're doing the world a favor" and released him saying he had botulism - which USA doctors never confirmed.

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