Trump-Kim Hanoi summit

Concern over North Korea's human rights record

Death of US student Otto Warmbier, fate of Japanese abductees remain sticking points

Otto Frederick Warmbier being taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang in a photo released on March 16, 2016.
Otto Frederick Warmbier being taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang in a photo released on March 16, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

As United States President Donald Trump struck up a budding bromance with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he sparked concerns that Pyongyang's dire human rights record would be a casualty in denuclearisation talks.

While Japan thanked the US for raising the subject of its citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, Mr Trump's defence of Mr Kim in Hanoi on Thursday over the death of US student Otto Warmbier incurred immediate backlash.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Concern over North's human rights record'. Print Edition | Subscribe