Kim says peace depends on U.S. attitude: report

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Published on April 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

Kim says peace depends on U.S. attitude: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said peace and security on the Korean Peninsula will entirely depend on the future U.S. attitude according to state Media KCNA.

Justin Solomon reports.

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Kim says peace depends on U.S. attitude: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the U.S. attitude after the Hanoi summit was in "bad faith." That's according to state media KCNA.

Kim was visiting Russia this week where both he and Russian leader Vladimir Putin sounded off on tension over the North's weapons program.

KCNA also reports Kim said peace and security in the Koreas depends entirely on the attitude of the U.S. side.

And he called the situation on the Korean peninsula a standstill, and that it has reached a critical point.

He blames that "bad faith" after meeting U.S. President Trump in Vietnam.

It was the second meeting between the two leaders The first was held in Singapore in June of 2018, one year after the release of American Otto Warmbier from North Korea.

Warmbier was a college student who died shortly after being returned home from 17 months in a North Korean prison.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday (April 25) that Trump approved a payment of $2 million dollars to cover a North Korean medical bill for care given to Warmbier who left the North in a coma.

An Ohio coroner said Warmbier died six days later from a lack of oxygen and blood to the brain.

The Post reports the bill was sent to the Treasury Department in 2017 but its unclear if the administration ever paid it.

Warmbier's parents put out a biting statement in March after Trump said he believed Kim Jong Un who has said he did not know how Warmbier was treated.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RESPONDING TO QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER HE BELIEVES NORTH KOREAN LEADER WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMATOSE STATE OTTO WARMBIER RETURNED TO THE U.S. IN, SAYING: "I really don't believe that - I don't believe he knew about it." REPORTER (OFF CAMERA): "Did he say that, did he tell you that he did not?

Did Kim Jong Un tell you?" TRUMP: "He felt badly about it." Trump later said he held North Korea responsible for their son's death.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Reuters "We do not comment on hostage negotiations, which is why they have been so successful during this administration."

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