United States student dies days after release from N. Korea

Ruben Ruiz
June 22, 2017

Meanwhile Mr Trump has said that Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American student who had been detained in North Korea.

Trump's recent tweet is the latest in a long line of comments he's made regarding North Korea and China's role in dealing with its isolated neighbor.

"I don't know why he put the exclamation point on there", Franken noted, responding to Trump writing "At least I know China tried!"

The 22-year-old, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda banner from a North Korean hotel, was returned to the U.S. in a coma after being detained for 17 months last week. Prior to the Xi-Trump meeting in Florida, Trump had criticized China for not cooperating with US and worldwide efforts to bring the North Korean regime under control.

In addition to the external exam, the coroner's office reviewed Warmbier's medical records from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and AeroMed Management Group, the air ambulance service that helped evacuate him from North Korea's capital where he had been detained for almost 17 months.

North Korea last tested a nuclear bomb in September, but it has conducted repeated missile tests since and vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland, putting it at the forefront of Trump's security worries.

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto". Yun then was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier June 12 with two doctors and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds. If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will! Now I hope the American government will help, etc., etc.

Otto Warmbier was returned to the United States after being held in North Korea for 17 months.

She said China has done a lot to increase pressure on the North, but should do more. Warmbier's parents said their son appeared anguished when he arrived home but died "at peace".

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He says the student, Otto Warmbier, had gone there a healthy man and ended up dead after "a minor act of mischief".

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest USA step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect US citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there.

His comment could signal he is ready to play hardball with the Chinese, or at last send a message to China that the United States feels they are not coming to the table with a strong hand due to their continued trade with North Korea.

The organizers of Warmbier's trip say they will no longer take US citizens to the country.

Trump also said Warmbier should have been brought home sooner, suggesting that his predecessor President Barack Obama bore some blame.

"Unfortunately, the very bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible", they said.

"They have the juice with North Korea, but they haven't been willing to use it", Richardson later added, referring to Beijing.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn't signal any change in the administration's approach to North Korea in a briefing Tuesday, saying the United States "will continue to apply economic and political pressure and try to continue to work with our allies".

The Chinese state-run Global Times warned in an editorial that if Washington imposes sanctions against Chinese enterprises "it will lead to grave friction between China and the U.S".

Other reports by GizPress

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