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Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

"During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas", Obama spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File).

Otto Frederick Warmbier (3rd R), a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang.

The United States and China held high-level security talks Wednesday where North Korea is expected to be a top issue, especially in the wake of the death of an American college student following his comatose release from the North.

The Ohio hometown of the 22-year-old college student detained for almost a year and a half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma is making plans for his funeral.

"There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life", a somber President Donald Trump said Monday.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH confirmed that it received and examined the 22-year-old's body after his death on Monday.

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Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs. Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia and had visited North Korea during a trip to China.

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He was returned home last week in a vegetative state , and US doctors reportedly found no signs of botulism. On Tuesday, Thornton cited Chinese restrictions on imports of North Korean coal as "notable" progress.

"We have a great deal of resolve to try to handle the situation and try to hold North Korea responsible for the death of Mr. Warmbier and bring back those three Americans who do remain there", Nauert added.

"Just because we believe that dialogue is necessary does not mean that we have to be impatient for dialogue", Moon said. In the wake of Warmbier's death, Chan said the company will continue that suspension. It also said that only last week, analysts Frank Pabian, Joseph Bermudez and Jack Liu disputed a report by Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper that suggested "intensified" activity at the site was immediately indicative of an upcoming nuclear weapons test.

Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

"The President has spoken very clearly about how he and the first lady and our country feels about the loss of this American", Spicer said. At the time, Robby was shy, Cain said, and Warmbier helped him come out of his shell. Seven days later, Warmbier died.

Warmbier's family objected to an autopsy, so the Hamilton County coroner's office conducted only an external examination of his body. Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center examined him last week upon his return to OH and reported that he had severe brain damage and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

Moon's condolences seem to have been tinged with concern that his administration's efforts to pave the way for relaxing tensions on the Korean Peninsula during the South Korea-US summit at the end of this month could be frustrated by anti-North Korean sentiment in the US, which appears to be worsening after Warmbier's death.

Doctors had described Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor, according to NPR News. "President Moon expressed his regret at the news of Otto Warmbier's death and communicated his honest condolences and consolation to the friends and family of the deceased", said Blue House spokesperson Park Soo-hyun during the day's press briefing.

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