Chances Of Trump Meeting North Korea's Kim Narrowing - White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 17:12
Sentenced to hard labour for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, the 22-year-old Warmbier was medically evacuated in a coma last week after almost 18 months in captivity.
"My heartfelt sympathy to Otto Warmbier's family and his many friends".
South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In will visit the White House next week and he tells CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell that the USA needs to be open to negotiations in order to end North Korea's nuclear program.
The U.S. and North Korea have no diplomatic relations.
Allen Groves, dead of students at the university, said news of Warmbier's death was "simply devastating".
The college senior died Monday, just seven days after he was sent home from North Korea in a coma.
The Hamilton County Coroner's Office was still conferring on Tuesday with doctors at a Cincinnati hospital who were treating Warmbier before reaching any conclusions about his death a day earlier, investigator Daryl Zornes said. "This is a young man who had so much promise", Bae said.
Warmbier's family has not specified how he slipped from a comatose state to death, but said in a statement on Monday that the "awful torturous mistreatment" he endured while in captivity meant "no other outcome was possible".
President Donald Trump has offered condolences to Warmbier's family.
President Donald Trump has attacked the "brutality of the North Korean regime" following the death of American student Otto Warmbier - who had been imprisoned in the country for 17 months.
The death of US student Otto Warmbier has brought a wave of sorrow and a new stumbling block to any sort of negotiations between the United States and North Korea.
North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Although a senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USA had limited options to rein in North Korea without Chinese assistance. "Unfortunately, the bad 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.
He said Warmbier's death shows "we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime", but that dialogue with the North is still needed because sanctions and pressure haven't resolved the North Korea nuclear issue. "But it turned out that Otto did not really make it home".
Warmbier died in OH on Monday, days after being released by North Korea.
Warmbier was medically evacuated from Pyongyang to the U.S. last week, after having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".
Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) died in Cincinnati on Monday, not long after his return to OH after almost a year and a half in North Korean captivity.
Warmbier's death further worsens tensions between the US and its longtime foe.
Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name, Kim Sang-duk, is a 58-year-old USA citizen who was temporarily teaching an accounting course at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, North Korea's only private university.
"Otto Warmbier should never have been in jail for tearing down a stupid banner".
According to Otto's family, he died on June 19.
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.
North Korea's highest court sentenced Warmbier, a 21-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student, from Wyoming, Ohio, to 15 years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for subversion. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with his OH family again. Doctors were not able to determine how he slipped into a coma, but his massive brain injury was consistent with someone who had suffered a massive heart attack.