After Otto Warmbier's death, US weighs travel ban on North Korea

The circumstances of his detention and what medical treatment he received in North Korea remain unknown.

"The North Koreans should release them unconditionally", he said.

Doctors say there were no obvious signs of physical trauma or evidence of bone fracture but Warmbier's family insists he had been physically abused by his captors.

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

Al Franken and others when he said in a statement that "the barbaric treatment of Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime amounts to the murder of a U.S. citizen".

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".

China-based Young Pioneer Tours said the "tragic outcome" of Otto Warmbier's trip for its decision.

Warmbier had gone for five days of sightseeing in 2016, only to be jailed for allegedly stealing a poster from a hotel and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

"We have provided safe visits for over 8,000 tourists to North Korea in the last 10 years", Collings said. "And, frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different", said Trump.

The Ohio coroner examining the death of a University of Virginia student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months expects to share preliminary findings of the autopsy on Tuesday or Wednesday, her office said.

The 22-year-old died Monday in OH after suffering a severe neurological injury during his 18 months in captivity and left in a coma.

North Korea accuses the U.S. of plotting with regional allies to topple its government. "But I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier's death".

Han added that he was not an expert on detention issues and would not speak to the fate of other American, South Korean, and Canadian detainees still held in North Korea.

The Chinese "have limited capacity to do something, and I think they feel the weight of expectations beginning to burden them", said Christopher Hill, who led the US delegation in the six-party talks with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration. For example, North Korea already provides an alternative to a traditional passport stamp, much like Cuba in the past, so that concerned travelers can avoid drawing attention to their travels in the future.

"We have been very forceful in the political and economic pressure that has been applied to North Korea", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday afternoon, before the president's tweet about China.

US President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement this week about the existence of any tapes of conversations between him and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, the White House has said.

Collings said the company - which was founded by British expatriate Gareth Johnson - also never claimed that Americans "don't get detained" in its ads. "At least I know China tried!"

Warmbier, an OH native and student at the University of Virginia, was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while visiting as a tourist. Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department "strongly warns" U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea, where at least 16 Americans have been detained in the last decade. Many lawmakers and analysts say the next step has to be sanctioning Chinese companies that do business with North Korea. He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions.

  • Zachary Reyes