Administration weighs ban on North Korea travel

However, it said in a statement on its website yesterday that Mr Warmbier's death had "led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists".

Asked whether the president believes Warmbier was murdered by North Korea, Spicer said, "I'm not going to comment on whether or not his situation, how it was handled, until we have further information on that". On Thursday, doctors said the University of Virginia student had a severe brain injury, but it was not clear what caused it.

Warmbier, wearing a crisp white suit and black bow tie as the class of 2013′s salutatorian at Wyoming High School in OH, gave a almost five-minute speech that included humor, humility, and special focuses on friendship and community.

"All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited", a funeral home, the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, said.

Mr Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years hard labour by the brutal regime in March last year.

The death of Otto Warmbier, an American student held captive by North Korea, led President Trump to say Tuesday that the USA can't rely on China to handle the authoritarian nation.

"There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk and I do not hold the American government responsible".

Spicer said the United States is continuing to work with China to apply pressure on North Korea and said the U.S. has seen "positive movement" with China.

Fred Warmbier praised his son's "performance" and President Donald Trump's administration. Patients in this condition can open their eyes but do not respond to commands. Warmbier had been released by Pyongyang days earlier after 17 months in state prison. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings.

Before the president's tweet, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, "We have been very forceful in the political and economic pressure that has been applied to North Korea". North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.

On Monday, Warmbier's family released a statement announcing that he had died.

Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based group Warmbier used for his trip, said it would no longer take Americans to the country. In the bill, he should codify that no USA citizen should be allowed to travel to North Korea-under any circumstances whatsoever.

While almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident, some have been seized and given draconian sentences for seemingly minor offenses.

He was pronounced dead this week after he was returned to the a vegetative state.

Three other Americans - Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song - are still being held captive in North Korea.

Nauert said that the administration is "contemplating" restricting American travel to North Korea, but a decision has not been reached.

  • Leroy Wright