McCain: Americans 'Stupid' to Still Want to Travel to North Korea
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 10:21
All that may be clear at the time of autopsy, pathologists say, is the resulting brain damage.
His death - the loss of a buoyant, hard-working, adventurous University of Virginia student - touched off mourning, outrage, and many questions.
In this February 29, 2016, photo, American student Otto Warmbier cries while speaking to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Trump's stern language was echoed by South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who said in an interview ahead of a White House visit next week that North Korea bears responsibility for the student's death. His parents created the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to advocate for the release of American hostages and to help keep journalists reporting in conflict zones safe. The official told the AP that deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier's death.
Corker added: "We have to figure out whether it's best to allow people to do that, and then end up in a situation where we're doing everything we can as a nation to get them out". Now that he has passed away, the school is remembering him.
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.
"All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited", said the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.
"I think the president is signaling some frustration, he's signaling to others that he understands this isn't working, and he's trying to defend himself, or justify himself, by saying that at least they tried as opposed to others who didn't even try", Christopher Hill, a former USA ambassador to South Korea, told MSNBC.
Trump added that he had spoken with Warmbier's family. But US doctors said they found no evidence of the illness.
North Korean officials have said that Warmbier went into a coma not long after his incarceration, when he took a sleeping bill after a bout of botulism, a rare and potentially fatal form of food poisoning.
The American student, Otto Warmbier, who was just released from North Korea, died on June 19. He died six days later in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Justin Weber told The Associated Press a press conference is expected later to provide more information.
"Unfortunately, the very bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible".
His treating physicians said he suffered from unresponsive wakefulness, a condition also known as persistent vegetative state.
This story has been corrected to show the coroner's last name is Sammarco, not Sammaraco.
The government of China, North Korea's main ally, said Warmbier's death was a tragedy. "Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high".
Warmbier's family also released a statement on Monday announcing his death.
China, North Korea's main ally, lamented Warmbier's death.
President Donald Trump has called the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for for nearly a year and a half, a "disgrace".
RICHARDSON: It's not useful 'cause I worked with the Obama administration, and they were aware of this. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in prison, but was released in June, 17 months after his arrest, in a coma.