Trump says China tried but failed to help on North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:46
A Providence man whose son went missing years ago and is rumored to be living in North Korea said he feels "a kinship" with the family of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who died on Monday after returning home from captivity in the rogue nation.
It's only speculation, on the other hand, that David Sneddon is in North Korea. "The terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible", the family said in a statement Monday announcing Warmbier's death. From Warmbier's release until now, after he has died, North Korea has not said a single word about the matter, let alone made an apology. But Warmbier was a foreigner, as well as a curious student in his early twenties.
13 June 2017 - He is released from North Korea and medically evacuated to the US.
In a tweet posted in the afternoon of June 20, U.S. President Donald Trump said that China and its leader Xi Jinping had "tried"-but failed-to help solve the ongoing nuclear and missile crisis in North Korea".
The cause behind Otto Warmbier's death is expected to remain a mystery as his family has objected to an autopsy.
"I personally believe that it is not possible for China to step up sanctions against North Korea because China has already been tough".
The government of China, North Korea's main ally, said Warmbier's death was a tragedy.
North Korea has detained two Korean-American academics and a missionary, a Canadian pastor and three South Korean nationals who were doing missionary work there. Young Pioneer Tours said Tuesday on Facebook that his death shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea "has become too high". He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.
North Korea hasn't conducted a nuclear test explosion as feared earlier this year - a possible effect of Chinese pressure - but it has kept up its rapid pace of missile launches, drawing another U.N. Security Council resolution this month and additional sanctions.
"Secretary Tillerson has said that a key element of any success we would have in de-nuclearizing the peninsula would be the cooperation of China", he said. He said the form would require Americans to affirm they're aware of what's transpired to other US citizens, such as Warmbier, whom the senator said was "murdered" by the North.
Spokesperson Geng Shuang from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Chinese government hoped the USA and North Korea would be able to handle the incident "properly".
Despite global condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that threaten Japan and South Korea - and one-day could even hit some U.S. cities. Chinese firms are rife with corruption-particularly those in the northeast, along the border with North Korea-and they have been in economic decline since the end of the Cold War.
His family is blaming North Korea for "awful, torturous mistreatment".
"It should never, ever be allowed to happen", President Trump said. According to the AFP, Shi Yuanhua, director of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University, said that "most likely, China will express concern and regret over the case", but added that "it's really misconstrued that China is responsible for everything that happens between Washington and Pyongyang".