Family Declines Autopsy For US Student Otto Warmbier Released By North Korea
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 10:19
Warmbier died Monday in his home state of OH, his family said, six days after being freed in a coma by North Korea.
"There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk and I do not hold the American government responsible, ' " McCain said.
Doctors at Cincinnati Hospital said he had brain damage that most likely was caused by deprivation of oxygen, not botulism, which the North Korean government said had caused Warmbier's illness.
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.
The University of Virginia student died Monday.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also said in a statement that the USA holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier's "unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained".
The remarks, suggesting frustration with Chinese pledges to do more to pressure the North, follow comments the same day in which Trump referred to the death of Warmbier as a "total disgrace" and said it was something that should have "never, ever be allowed to happen".
He said he spoke with Warmbier's parents, adding it's "incredible what they've gone through" and that the student "should have been brought home a long time ago".
The treatment that he received while under North Korean custody for a year-and-a-half was appalling and outrageous.
In a statement the Warmbier family said Otto died around 2:20 p.m.
The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.
He says Warmbier's fate deepens his determination to prevent other "such tragedies".
A public funeral service for a US student who was detained in North Korea and eventually released in a coma has been scheduled for Thursday at his hometown high school in Ohio.
"There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life", a somber President Trump said Monday. What exactly happened to Warmbier - or what was done to him - remains a mystery.
The tour operator said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling".
North Korean authorities said Warmbier was arrested for alleged theft of political slogans hanging in a Pyongyang hotel where he was staying.
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. Doctors in the United States said his condition was probably caused by a heart attack that cut the blood supply to his brain. "I think the key is to put pressure on North Korea, but not to put too much pressure on them".
There has been widespread United States scepticism about Pyongyang's claim that the University of Virginia student contracted botulism and never woke up after being given a sleeping pill shortly after his trial in March 2016.
The younger Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming. The governor says Warmbier's family showed strength and courage through a bad ordeal.
"The DPRK will keep to the road chosen by it, resolutely meeting the USA vicious and desperate challenge by bolstering up its nuclear force". But they gleefully savaged a young man who made a mistake on a doomed trip to a totalitarian hell.
Asked how the Warmbier case would affect his efforts to engage North Korea, Mr Moon added: "I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime".