'Otto Warmbier had it coming'
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 3:21
Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to blame Obama for not bringing Otto Warmbier home from North Korea sooner.
"It's a total disgrace, what happened to Otto", Trump said on Tuesday at the White House.
Washington also has ramped up its military maneuvers in and around the Korean peninsula since Trump took office - but in South Korea, voters last month elected as president a human-rights lawyer, Moon Jae-in, who wants to reopen direct talks with the North. "The results would have been a lot different".
The college student died shortly after his return to OH after being held for more than 17 months.
Washington, Jun 20 South Korean President Moon Jae-In said today that North Korea bears responsibility for the death of U.S. student Otto Warmbier, and described its regime as irrational.
Warmbier, 22, was a student at the University of Virginia student when he was arrested in Pyongyang in early January 2016, accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster from an employee area of his hotel.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.
Three other U.S. citizens, who are ethnic Koreans, and six South Koreans remain in custody in North Korea.
The death of a 22-year-old college student in OH on Monday has dashed any hopes of a quick detente between the US and North Korea.
Doctors who examined Otto Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.
Three Americans still remain imprisoned in North Korea.
Matthew Todd Miller of California spent six months in jail after tearing up his tourist visa on a trip to North Korea in 2014, allegedly as part of a plan to see inside the regime.
Warmbier's sophomore English teacher said he would be "dearly missed". The family issued a statement expressing their sadness, and thanking hospital staff. President Trump issued a statement saying, "There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life".
The senator from Arizona says, "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'". The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.
The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces.
Warmbier was in a coma and reportedly had a severe brain injury when he was released on Tuesday on what North Korea called " humanitarian grounds". Later that month, North Korea announces it is holding Mr Warmbier for a "hostile act". "If there are any US preconditions for the talks, the No. 1 priority has to be the release of the three other prisoners".
"I believe that first we must vie for a freeze of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and then, as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear program", said Moon.
He called North Korea a "brutal regime". The school is the only privately funded university in North Korea and is unique for having a large number of foreign staff.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he offered his prayers as Warmbier's parents "enter a time of grief no parent should ever know", and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Warmbier's death "touches the American heart like no other".