Coroner still probing death of U.S. student held by N. Korea
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 12:24
Trump called the treatment of Warmbier, who reportedly was in a coma for most of his captivity, "a total disgrace" and suggested that he has given up hope that Beijing could exert meaningful leverage on Kim. The president says if Otto Warmbier had been returned home to the US earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different".
When Warmbier was first detained in Pyongyang airport allegedly for a "hostile act" - which turned out according to his conviction to be stealing a propaganda poster - there was already another American in North Korean custody. Mr. Warmbier replied, "The results speak for themselves".
Senator Marcus Rubio took to Twitter to call for blame to be laid on the rogue nation.
"It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home".
"It became apparent very early on in the trip that the culture was very much what you'd expect to find on a binge-drinking destination in the Mediterranean", said Pitt, highlighting "lewd jokes" and "all-night drinking" by members of his group.
That means a more proactive approach is needed, Moon said, which should mean a "larger and more leading role" for South Korea, but one that does not rule out putting maximum pressure on North Korea in collaboration with the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and China's President Xi Jinping walk along the front patio of the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017. "At least I know China tried!", Trump tweeted.
Warmbier's release came amid mounting tensions with Washington following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang, an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has dubbed "a clear and present danger to all".
Mr Moon, a centre-left politician sworn in last month after a landslide win, favours engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than the hardline stance of his ousted predecessor. "And we'll continue to work with them and others to put the appropriate pressure on North Korea to change this behaviour and this regime".
Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton said US officials are "going to give the DPRK/North Korea issue top priority in our discussions, aiming to advance concrete cooperation with China towards a peaceful resolution of the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea".
Kim Jong-Un's regime claimed Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced past year, and that he had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill. However, North Korean authorities said botulism caused the coma, but a team of U.S. doctors who examined him dismissed the North Korean authorities' claim. His eyes opened and blinked but without any sign that he understood verbal commands or his surroundings. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. "We should not use this incident as a kind of opening for them".
Warmbier died on Monday after returning to his hometown in OH, triggering outrage in the United States.
"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", a statement said.
Park also insisted Pyongyang would "have to quickly return" the remaining South Korean and American captives and that Seoul would do all it can to achieve that outcome.
"The way his detention was handled was appalling and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement.