Kim summit vindicates Cold War doctrine of deterrence

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

The joint statement signed by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un stated: "The United States and the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified". "I think we just need to continue to be concerned about whether or not North Korea is going to stand by its word".

In a post-summit interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump said North Korea was "going to get rid of certain ballistic missile sites and various other things" but that they would "put that out later".

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".

"We had a historic meeting and made a decision to leave the past behind", said Kim afteward.

Many experts remained sceptical that Kim will ever give up his nuclear weapons, even though Trump insisted the process of denuclearisation will start "very, very quickly".

Trump said he will send his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Seoul after the summit to explain the results and discuss cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.

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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 USA government - specifically, stealing a political poster from his hotel as a "trophy".

His family has said North Korea "destroyed" him and sued North Korea alleging the "rogue regime took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and brutally tortured and murdered him".

Cindy and Fred Warmbier said in the civil suit filed at Washington District Court that their son was imprisoned by North Korea, after being forced to confess to stealing a poster, while he was in the country on a tourist visit in early February 2016. He was brought back to the U.S.in June 2017 only to die a few days later.

'We are trying to build a pathway that leads directly to Kim and his regime to force them to be answerable for their actions, ' Mr. Warmbier said.

But instead, she said, the North Koreans left him in a awful 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. "That's not what you have to do", Trump said.

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