After President Donald Trump dispatched ambassador Joseph Yun to Pyongyang to secure the 22-year-old’s release there has been speculation the two sides were closer to resuming long-stalled nuclear negotiations.
His concerns were echoed by Alan Romberg, a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center, who also expressed pessimism about the prospect of talks.
He said: “If North Korea has something constructive to say about nuclear issues, I assume we will listen.
“But the fact that North Korea held Mr Warmbier for a year without adequate medical treatment will create a very negative climate for any talks, even setting aside his detention in the first place.”
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