In an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Yun said he had done so with the approval of then-Foreign Minister Rex Tillerson, and that this was his understanding that President Donald Trump had approved of the decision.
"As soon as the North Korean side informed me that this bill would have to be paid for two million dollars, I turned to my then Chief Secretary of State Rex Tillerson," Yun said, noting that Tillerson came back to me very quickly afterwards , yes, continue and sign.
The former US Special Envoy added that, in his opinion, Trump's own decision was approved.
"That was my understanding. I never asked him, but that was my understanding, "he said when asked if he thought Tillerson had Trump's approval.
Yun, now a CNN employee, said he did not know if the Trump The government is willing to pay, but believes that the US should honor its end of the pledge and pay the North Koreans.
The White House National Security Adviser, John Bolton, also confirmed on Sunday that Yun had signed a document in which Warmbier's release of $ 2 million was pledged and the US had not made any payments.
FOX News host on Sunday, Chris Wallace, asked if Having come to Joseph Yun, Warmeier had signed a pledge, Bolton replied, "Yes, that's the way I'm told," and it happened before he joined the government.
When the US had signed the document with the intention of not honoring it, Bolton only said, "I do not know the circumstances," adding that in recent days he has dealt with the issues and that "No money was paid, that's clear."
The National Security Council declined to comment on Trump's approval of Secretary Tillerson's then direction to sign the bill, but a spokesman for the NSC pointed to Bolton's comments towards Fox News on Sunday.
"I think when people leave the government, the memory of things that happened inside sometimes is different from what actually happened," he said. "But it's very clear to me, as I've been following in the last few days, no money has been paid, that's clear."
Bolton did not explain which former government officials he referred to, as both Tillerson and Yun had gone the administration.
Warmbier was arrested by North Korean officials in January 201
Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, told the Washington Post that he was unaware of the bill, but characterized it as a "ransom" for his deceased son.
During an event in which Otto Warmbier's family took part US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected the idea that the US was paying ransom for hostages.
"Remember that any money given to a terrorist or terrorist regime will give you money so they can take more of our people," he said. "We can not accept this risk, they would not ask that from us."
While the North Koreans failed to raise the bill during Trump's summit meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore and Vietnam, CNN said last week there was an expectation that this payment could be made again.
This is particularly true because the Foreign Ministry in North Korea is gaining influence at the negotiating table and they are the ones who have handed Yun this bill, the source said. [19659002ObwohldieTrump-RegierungdaraufbestehtdasssiekeineZahlungenandienordkoreanischeRegierunggeleistethatkönntederUmgangmitdieserSituationinderZukunftzueinemProblemwerdensodienationaleSicherheitsanalytikerindesCNNSamanthaVinograd
. President Trump said something he has no intention of doing is nothing new, and the North Koreans are not making ridiculous demands, and this is a recurring price in two ways. "
" First, it indicates that American citizens are cash cows. You can kidnap a US citizen, torture him, and keep him alive, which could lead to an I-owe you by the US government through which Americans abroad are actually at greater risk, "said Vinograd.
Second, President Trump kicked that can down the street, but that can not get rid of the can, and this bill becomes a bargaining chip that North Koreans do to each other Negotiation, "she added.