DONALD Trump has said that China’s efforts to rein in North Korea have “not worked” amid outrage over the death of an American student who had been imprisoned by North Korea. Here are live updates and the latest news from North Korea.
The US President ratcheted up the rhetoric yesterday by tweeting that China’s efforts to help put pressure on North Korea have “not worked out”.
In the wake of Mr Warmbier’s death, Mr Trump said: “The US once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”
Two US supersonic bombers were flown over the Korean peninsula yesterday in a show of force with Japanese and South Korean fighter jets.
Wednesday June 21
6pm BST: South Korea has proposed that Pyongyang could take over some of the responsibilities of hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The South Korean sports minister, Do Jong-hwan, suggested the idea in the spirit of cooperation and promoting peace. Currently the Olympics are set to take place in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Village.
The minister’s comments mirror the sentiments of President Moon Jae-in who said: “If the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace.”
4pm BST: American and Chinese officials met today to discuss North Korea, with emotions running high following the death of Otto Warmbier.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis will appeat at a press briefing later after the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue summit.
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Fang Fenghui, chief of joint staff to the Chinese military, are also present at the summit in Washington.
2.29pm BST: China has invited Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner to visit Beijing later this year.
Mr Kushner, who is a senior adviser in the White House, will look to improve relations between the US and China.
9am BST: There are growing concerns over what Donald Trump could do next after he yesterday tweeted that China’s efforts to “help with North Korea” have not worked.
The US President tweeted: “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi and China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”
Washington is likely to put increased pressure on China after the death of Mr Warmbier. But China could push back on issues such as the US naval presence in South Korea.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
The coroner’s office is working with doctors who treated Mr Warmbier before it presents any conclusions about his death.
Investigator Daryl Zornes said that his team is also reviewing radiological images, and is awaiting medical records requested by the coroner.
He declined to estimate how long it would take for the coroner’s office to complete its inquiry. Preliminary autopsy findings had been expected on Tuesday or Wednesday.
2am BST: The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said Otto Warmbier’s death shows the inhumanity of the North Korean dictatorship.
She addd: “Numerous investigations have been conducted and endless volumes have ben written how that outlaw government has tortured and murdered generations of its own citizens.
“While Otto Warmbier’s memory will always be a blessing to his loved ones, it will also serve as indelible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship.”
Otto Warmbier died after being released from captivity in North Korea
Monday June 19
10pm BST: Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea, died.
Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being returned home in a coma less than a week ago.
He died in a Cincinnati hospital, his family said in a statement on Monday.
“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the family said in a statement.