After Trump tweet, China says it works nonstop on North Korea
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 21:12
Warmbier died Monday in his home state of OH, his family said, six days after being freed in a coma by North Korea.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., took a different approach to the news, calling for a tourist travel ban to North Korea.
The 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate was on a study overseas travel tour in January 2016 when he was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda banner from his hotel in the capital of Pyongyang.
Richardson calls on North Korea to release three Americans and a Canadian detained in the country in response to Monday's death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir).
Relatives have said USA envoys told them that North Korean officials said Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and became comatose after taking a sleeping pill.
Mr Warmbier's doctors said his brain injury was most likely to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.
But on Tuesday, answering a question during an Oval Office meeting with the Ukrainian president, Trump focused on lamenting the length of Warmbier's imprisonment and the delay in securing his release.
China's efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme "have not worked" out, United States President Donald Trump has said but appreciated Beijing for its attempts. During the bilateral talks Wednesday, the U.S.is expected to urge China to toughen global sanctions against North Korea, apart from focusing on ways to increase the pressure on Pyongyang to discontinue its nuclear tests. John McCain said that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the US government of any blame if they're harmed while there.
The South Korean government will make every effort for the return of those held in North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a briefing.
"Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited terrible, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.
Vox reported that over 800 Americans travel to North Korea each year, primarily through Chinese-run travel agencies. Three other Americans are now being held captive, and according to the Associated Press, the arrest of one of them, teacher Tony Kim, caused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explore the potential of a travel ban in March.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host China's top foreign policy official and chief of joint staff of the military at the State Department today, where tougher sanctions on North Korea is expected to be a top subject.