APNewsBreak: Otto Warmbier's death investigated
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:01
An Ohio coroner will not perform an autopsy on the United States student who died after being held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months and will perform an external examination of the body at the family's request.
The 22-year-old, who was released in a coma last week after almost 18 months in detention in North Korea, died on Monday - prompting President Donald Trump to slam the "brutal regime" in Pyongyang. "The terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", the Warmbiers said on 19 June. North Korea has released 22-year-old USA student Otto Warmbier from a 15 year sentence of hard labor, officials said June 13, 2017, as former USA basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang.
"It's a disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump said to reporters. It said his medical records from an air ambulance service that brought him to OH and from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was hospitalized until his death Monday, have been reviewed, and the treating physicians have been interviewed extensively. Doctors last week described Warmbier's condition upon his return June 13 as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.
His family blamed the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans".
Some observers believe that North Korea became anxious because Warmbier's condition suddenly worsened.
The company Otto Warmbier travelled with, China-based company Young Pioneer Tours, has announced it will no longer take visitors from the United States to the country.
President Trump offered his "deepest" condolences to the family and condemned the "brutality" of the North Korean regime Monday. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised "confession".
"Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea".
Warmbier allegedly tried to steal a propaganda poster in Pyongyang on New Year's 2016; the regime sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016.
Collings said the company - which was founded by British expatriate Gareth Johnson - also never claimed that Americans "don't get detained" in its ads. In their joint military exercises, the United States and South Korea have rehearsed preemptive strikes against North Korea, ones created to kill Kim Jong-un before he has a chance to press the proverbial button.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is mourning the death of an American college student who was released by North Korea days ago in a coma. "Despite what you may hear, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit", NPR reported, citing a web archive.
Trump had made clear in the past that his preference was to work with China on North Korea, but that he was willing to go after them alone.
The statement appeared to contradict what White House spokesperson Sean Spicer had said minutes earlier when asked about North Korea and the Warmbier case at a press briefing.
"Why would you die suddenly after 15 months in a persistent vegetative state?" He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.