Warmbier's parents blame NKorea 'evil regime' in son's death

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In July, Trump refused to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for interfering in US election.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier pushed back in a statement Friday, saying they had remained silent earlier this week while Trump and Kim met in Vietnam.

Like Ronald Reagan who walked out of the Reykjavik Summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986, Trump said no. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that".

-North Korea denuclearization talks became even "more important".

The Trump administration arranged Warmbier's transfer out of the country, but he died about a week later after falling into a vegetative state. And it appears that was the moment that North Korea decided there would be little more to discuss at this point.

Conway said Trump still holds North Korea responsible but stopped short of laying blame on the leader of the reclusive communist nation.

But some prominent Republicans spoke out to condemn North Korea and express support for the Warmbier family.

Trump drew criticism during this week's Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam after he praised Kim and said he accepted his claims that he was not aware of how Otto was treated in detention.

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Fred and Cindy Warmbier are acknowledged during the State of the Union on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.

When asked about Cohen's testimony, Trump said he had "lied a lot" but then decided that he was telling the truth when he said there had been "no collusion" with Russian Federation. Our hearts are with the Warmbier family for their strength and courage. "I don't think the top leadership knew about it". What happened is terrible.

Republican congressman Brad Wenstrup from OH, the Warmbiers' home state, offered a similar reaction but refused to admonish Trump for his comments.

"Great to be back from Vietnam, an wonderful place", tweeted the president, who returned home late Thursday.

Trump had used Warmbier's death as a rallying cry against the North Korea's human rights abuses before softening his rhetoric ahead of talks with Kim.

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.

"This is the biggest denuclearisation step we can take based on the current level of trust between the two countries", Mr Ri said in a rare exchange between a North Korean official and reporters.

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