Family declines autopsy for US student released by North Korea

Two U.S. supersonic bombers conducted drills over the Korean Peninsula on June 20, a day after the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student recently released after a 17-month detainment in North Korea.

Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". Yet dropping bombs on Kim Jong Un's nation - an option Trump's administration says is still on the table - is so risky that many analysts see it as implausible.

His death comes amid high tension over dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests, and has spurred renewed calls for action against the isolated country.

Following the meeting, China's role was one of the administration's main talking points in explaining North Korea. Almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident.

The company Mr Warmbier travelled with, China-based company Young Pioneer Tours, has announced it will no longer take visitors from the U.S. to the country.

Warmbier was medically evacuated from Pyongyang to the USA last week, after having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

Three Americans remain held in North Korea.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump paid tribute to Warmbier's family, with whom he has spoken personally, saying "it's incredible what they have gone through".

The coroner's office in Cincinnati is investigating Warmbier's death.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "just has not come to a conclusion about how this would potentially work, but we're still considering it", she said.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer noted administrations have struggled with finding a solution to North Korea's human rights violations over the course of the past 20 years, adding he thinks working with China is the best way handle global relations with the country. "If there are any USA preconditions for the talks, the No. 1 priority has to be the release of the three other prisoners".

Under their proposal, the Treasury Department would be ordered to prohibit all financial transactions related to travel to North Korea by Americans, unless specifically authorized by a USA license.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that a "lot of bad things happened" to Mr Warmbier at the hands of the "brutal regime".

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since past year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

"This is a personal tragedy", Richardson said, adding the American college student's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, were "heartbroken" at their son's death. Their statement Monday said he had looked uncomfortable and anguished after returning June 13, but his countenance later changed.

  • Leroy Wright