WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says Otto Warmbier, the American college student who suffered brain damage while in North Korean custody, "has not died in vain."
Trump closed his news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH'-bay) on Thursday by paying tribute to Warmbier's family.
Trump says he wanted to pay his respects to the family before his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un next week.
Warmbier died in June 2017, days after he arrived back home in Ohio. Months later, relations between the U.S. and North Korea began to thaw following the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Trump says the three Korean-American detainees released last month from North Korea are "happily ensconced" in their homes. He promised Abe to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea.
Trump says he thinks the summit will be "a terrific success or a modified success."