Korea's Moon: N.Korea bears responsibility in United States student's death

Angie Massey
June 20, 2017

"I personally believe that it is not possible for China to step up sanctions against North Korea because China has already been tough".

The student's father Fred Warmbier said last week he believed his son had been fighting for months to stay alive to return to his family.

CORNISH: Yet the North Korean regime apparently kept secret for more than a year that Otto was in a coma. "We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained". It is unclear how he fell ill. It comes following the American student's death after his release from 17 months' detention in North Korea. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m".

"Countless innocent men and women have died at the hands of the North Korean criminals, but the singular case of Otto Warmbier touches the American heart like no other", Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement.

Speaking before his one-hour trial, a tearful Warmbier told reporters he was offered a used auto worth $10,000 if he could successfully steal the propaganda banner. He was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home.

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He had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". During the June 6 meeting, Washington learned of Warmbier's condition. North Korea had accused him of committing "hostile acts" against the regime as Warmbier was found guilty and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years hard labor.

A month after his arrest, he appeared at a news conference tearfully confessing to trying to take a sign from his hotel as a "trophy" for a United States church.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they're harmed while there.

The news prompted Young Pioneer Tours, the Beijing-based company that organized Warmbier's North Korea trip, to announce it will stop taking US citizens on tours to the country.

"Despite constant requests, we were denied any opportunity to meet him or anyone in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine", Young Pioneer Tours told USA TODAY. But it certainly was not botulism, as the North Koreans said.

Warmbier's family announced his death Monday. The North Korean government claims that the young man had suffered from botulism and had taken a sleeping pill that lead to a coma.

Other reports by GizPress

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