North Korea 'owes full explanation over Otto Warmbier's death'

Kim Jun-bum | AP

North Korea's Kim Jong Un arrived home on Tuesday, state media said, completing his long journey through China after his Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump ended without a nuclear deal.

The comment came in response to questions about President Donald Trump's claim that he takes North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un "at his word" that he was not responsible for American Otto Warmbier's death.

When asked about Cohen's testimony at a press conference on Thursday in Hanoi after Trump had abruptly chose to end the summit with Kim early, the president called the allegations "incorrect" and criticised the decision to have the hearing while he was away.

When asked about Cohen's testimony at a press conference in Hanoi after the summit ended earlier than the scheduled time, Trump called it a "fake hearing" and said to have the hearing in the middle of the very important summit was a awful thing. "But I don't believe for one second that's why the talks collapsed".

But Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerold Nadler, who has been among those trying to keep Trump probes in sequence, said Sunday that the president had committed obstruction of justice. Explaining what happened at the time, Trump said, "Sometimes you have to walk".

Trump told a news conference after an unprecedented first summit with Kim on June 12 in Singapore that the North Korean leader had promised that a major missile engine testing site would be destroyed very soon.

"Lying Trump, so you said you did nothing to force security clearance for Kushner, huh?"

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Nadler's announcement comes as the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be nearing an end. Nadler also cited what he called Trump's attempts to intimidate witnesses in the investigation.

Waters and Trump have feuded for much of his time in office, with the president previously dubbing her the "face of the Democrats" over remarks inciting protesters to harass Trump officials in public spaces.

Asked whether that was his view, too, Bolton replied: "The president's view is he gave nothing away". Those reactors continue to spin on, as you point out, producing more material that can threaten us and our allies.

Washington and Seoul have traditionally held the exercises every spring to test military readiness in case tensions with North Korea should boil over.

Opponents of scrapping the drills warn that it could affect the combat readiness of US and South Korean forces and hand the North a strategic advantage on the divided peninsula. "Traditional diplomacy has failed in the last three administrations".

Also Sunday, Trump says the reason he canceled large-scale springtime military drills with South Korea is to save "hundreds of millions of dollars" for which the never reimbursed.

An example of that non-traditional diplomacy was formally unveiled Sunday when South Korea and the US announced they would not conduct massive springtime military drills and were replacing them with smaller exercises.

This article was written by Kevin Freking from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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