Warmbier parents blast North Korean leader for son's death after 's praise

FILE PHOTO: Cindy Warmbier speaks as her husband Fred, parents of Otto Warmbier, looks on during a symposium at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York

FILE PHOTO: Cindy Warmbier speaks as her husband Fred, parents of Otto Warmbier, looks on during a symposium on possible ways of international cooperation to urge the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPKR) to take concrete actions to improve the human rights situation in the DPRK at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

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(Reuters) - The family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after having been imprisoned in North Korea, blamed Kim Jong Un for their son's death on Friday, reacting to U.S. President Donald 's statement that he accepted the leader's claims to have been unaware of the case.

"Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto," Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement released by their attorney. "Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that."

During this week's -Kim summit in Vietnam, where the two sides failed to reach a deal for the reclusive nation to give up its nuclear weapons, praised Kim and said he accepted his claims not to have been aware of how Warmbier was treated.

"He tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word," told a news conference. He also praised Kim's leadership.

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Nick Zieminski)

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