Donald Trump calls Otto Warmbier death a 'total disgrace'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 17:08
Otto Warmbier died at the age of 22 in a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after the North Korean government sent him home in a coma and suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the us doctors who treated him.
Warmbier was convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group from China.
Analysts said anger over Warmbier's death would dim, if not scuttle, any prospect of a less antagonistic relationship in the near future between Washington and Pyongyang, which is still holding three other Americans.
"I think there have been some positive steps that they've taken, both at the United Nations and economically, to help strengthen the case against North Korea".
North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The U.S. government strongly warns Americans against traveling to North Korea, but doesn't prohibit it, despite other sanctions targeting the country.
He added the Obama administration, which Trump has blamed in part for Warmbier's death, was "aware" of the situation and he had met with former National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House. And the U.S. State Department says North Korea will be a "top priority".
Sentenced to hard labor 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.
The president says if Otto Warmbier had been returned home to the US earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different". Using Beijing to punish individual, prominent North Koreans officials would be a better strategy than trying to censure them without China's involvement. Unresponsive wakefulness is a medical term for persistent vegetative state.
"If anything, this has even strengthened our argument", said the diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to address a US policy matter.
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.
The Warmbier family's "objection to an autopsy was honored", the office said, and only an external examination was performed.
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".
"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".
The parents of a journalist executed in 2014 after being held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group are offering their condolences to the family of a student from OH who died after being detained in North Korea for almost 18 months.
The longest-serving of the American prisoners, Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, has said he had to shovel coal, haul rocks and had about 30 guards keeping watch over him as their sole prisoner during his two years in captivity beginning in 2012.