Trump doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Part of Warmbier's death

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Trump doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Part of Warmbier's death

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained in the isolated country.

"He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word," Trump said of Kim, speaking in Vietnam after his summit meeting with the North Korean leader in the country's capital.

Trump has taken credit for freeing American prisoners abroad and used Warmbier's death as a rallying cry against the North's human rights abuses before softening his rhetoric before talks with Kim.

Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student from Ohio, was visiting North Korea with a tour group when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in 2016 on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster.

He died in June 2017, shortly after he returned to the U.S. in a coma.

His parents say he was tortured.

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