Otto Warmbier's family rebukes Trump's defence of Kim Jong Un

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

Fumiyo Saito, 73, elder sister of Kaoru Matsuki, who was abducted at age 26 in 1980, said, "I think that (the resolution of the abduction issue) will fade away again, and I wonder how many years we must wait to reach a resolution. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity", they said.

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

Trump's statement provoked immediate criticism from human rights advocates and USA lawmakers.

Trump received a fierce backlash, including from fellow Republicans, after he refused to blame Kim for Warmbier's death, in response to a question during the president's visit to Hanoi earlier this week, about how it affected his relationship with Kim.

The State Department official said Trump and his negotiators deemed that to be a bridge too far because they had already determined that lifting the post-2016 sanctions would be worth "many, many billions of dollars" for the North and could essentially be used to fund their continued nuclear and missile programs.

The Japanese government said Trump raised the abduction issue in his negotiations with the North Korean leader at their Hanoi summit, which ended on February 28.

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"We are anxious to get back to the table so we can continue the conversation that will ultimately (bring) the peace and stability, better life for the North Korean people and (bring about) a denuclearized North Korea", Pompeo told a press conference.

"He tells me he didn't know about it, and I take him at his word", Trump said of Kim. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that".

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

"Otto Warmbier's bogus arrest and brutal murder was an global incident".

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student died in June 2017 after being returned home in a vegetative state.

Trump was surprised by Kim's demand, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, believing the young despot had come to the Vietnamese capital prepared to deal.

North Korea is seeking partial relief of sanctions from the United States, not complete relief, in exchange for the dismantlement of its main nuclear facility and other actions, Pyongyang's top diplomat said Friday. The US president also suggested in his news conference that Mr Kim had offered only the destruction of Yongbyon and not North Korea's entire nuclear apparatus. The fate of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea during the 1970s and 1980s was a high priority for Japan ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit.

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