Otto Warmbier, the 22 year old Virginia college student who died upon his return home from a stint in a North Korean prison, was recognized by Donald Trump as the catalyst that brought about the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jon-un and the president.
President Trump said Tuesday after his historic summit with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un that the meeting between the two leaders may not have happened if not for the death of Otto Warmbier.
Warmbier, 22, was a student at the University of Virginia when he was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fell into a coma while incarcerated. He was brought back to the U.S. in June 2017 only to die a few days later.
“Otto did not die in vain,” Trump said as he discussed North Korea’s human rights record.
Trump’s comments on Warmbier came after Vice President Mike Pence reassured the Ohio man’s father when he spoke to him ahead of the Singapore summit.
“Today I assured his dad, as the president said two days ago, their beloved son, Otto Warmbier, will not have died in vain,” Pence said.
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