China wants UN Security Council to lift sanctions on North Korea

US troops in South Korea

President Donald Trump said his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would not have happened without Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died nearly exactly one year ago after he was released from detention in North Korea.

"China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves", Geng said at a daily briefing.

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea in 2016 and was charged with spying.

Beijing's participation in the penalties is a key to keeping them in play against Kim's regime.

"It was discussed. It will be discussed more in the future - human rights", Trump said.

Sputnik: Do you think there could be any other concessions, short of lifting sanctions, by the USA and/or other countries in the world, the United Nations and so forth?

"But a lot of people started to focus in what was going on, including North Korea".

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

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Earlier Tuesday, after his historic summit with Kim, Trump said the meeting between the two leaders may not have happened if not for the death of Otto Warmbier.

Trump also recognized on Tuesday during a press conference that he could potentially be wrong about trusting Kim. The sides signed a four-point declaration, which includes a commitment to establishing bilateral relations, joining efforts to build peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. president said he raised the issue of human rights with Kim, and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to 'do the right thing.' He said the negotiations he has initiated should help improve conditions in the isolated country. "I think without Otto this would not have happened". He died six days after arriving back in the U.S.

"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here". We know where it is because of the heat.' It's incredible the equipment we have, to be honest with you.

The parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are suing North Korea alleging that the country violated worldwide law by killing their son. You can see that the country has great beaches "whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean", said Trump. He was brought back to the U.S.in June 2017 only to die a few days later.

"We're not there yet", he said. 'People say why are you doing this?

The surprise admission came after Hannity asked the President about criticism stemming from the bombast he directed at the North Korean leader during an interview which will air Tuesday evening.

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