McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

President Donald Trump says the death of a 22-year-old University of Virginia student who was detained for almost a year and a half in North Korea is a "total disgrace".

When he was released last week in a coma, doctors said that all regions of Warmbier's brain had suffered extensive damage.

"Unfortunately, the bad, torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", his parents said. Warmbier arrived in OH after being released by North Korea, where he was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.

Trump condemned Pyongyang following news of his death.

Mr Warmbier's death comes at a time of increased tensions between Washington and Pyongyang and could further deteriorate the relations between the two countries.

He then added with no explanation: "We'll be able to handle it".

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump said during an event in the Oval Office.

Warmbier, 22, who was convicted for stealing a propaganda poster at a North Korean hotel in January 2016, died Monday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, his family said.

"We hope that North Korea and the United States can handle it appropriately", he added.

McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement on Monday that Warmbier "lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder". "I sent a delegation late previous year to North Korea to try to get Otto out in exchange for some humanitarian assistance". Trump said Tuesday that this strategy is not working out the way he intended. "His neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness", one of his doctors said last week. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 pm." a statement from the family said.

North Korea claimed Warmbier fell into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.

"It's painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased", he said.

Pyongyang did not issue a statement in response to the news of Warmbier's death on Tuesday.

Moon, who was elected on a plan to engage in talks with North Korea, said he agreed with Trump on being willing to participate in a dialogue with North Korea under certain conditions. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".

  • Leroy Wright