Coroner still probing death of United States student held by N. Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 16:56
No cause of death has been determined for Warmbier, 22, who was detained for almost a year-and-a-half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma last week.
The president said he spoke with Warmbier's family, describing them as incredible given all they've gone through.
But plans changed after the coroner's office decided at the family's urging not to conduct an autopsy, instead limiting its examination to an external analysis of Warmbier's remains and review of his records, Zornes said.
Following Warmbier's death, the tour group that arranged his trip to North Korea said it would no longer take Americans into the isolated country.
The family of an American college student who died days after being released from North Korea in a coma says the 22-year-old "has completed his journey home".
Young Pioneer Tours said on its Facebook page that the death of Warmbier shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea "has become too high".
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a North Korean propaganda banner.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has flagged a potential travel ban to North Korea. They claimed that the young man had fallen into a coma after becoming infected and taking a sleeping pill.
While almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident, some have been seized and given draconian sentences for seemingly minor offenses. He was pronounced dead Monday at an OH hospital.
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who served a 735-day prison sentence after the North Korean government claimed he was part of a Christian plot to overthrow the regime, has called the death of Otto Warmbier a "tragedy" and urged the worldwide community to pray for his family.
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. The Treasury Department has been enforcing several sanctions on North Korea due to its nuclear and missile programs.
"They just murdered him", McCain said.
But he firmly rejected two statements issued last week by Tomas Ojea-Quintana, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, about detainees and stalled family reunions between Koreans on both sides of the divided peninsula. "This is a regime that regularly kidnaps foreign citizens and keeps 120,000 North Koreans in barbaric gulags".
The president says if Otto Warmbier had been returned home to the US earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different".
Doctors in Cincinnati say he had suffered a severe injury impacting all regions of his brain.
But the trip made last week by Joseph Y. Yun, the top United States envoy on North Korea, was starkly different.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that it was "a disgrace what happened to Otto".
The president extended this train of thought Tuesday and tweeted, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".
"The North Koreans lure Americans to travel to North Korea via tour groups, run out of China, who advertise slick ads on the internet proclaiming, 'No American ever gets detained on our tours, ' and, 'This is a safe place to go, '" his father, Fred, said at a press conference.
Asked whether Trump would still consider meeting with Kim Jong Un given the right conditions, Spicer said: "Clearly we're moving further away, not closer, to those conditions being met".