United States student detained in N Korea dies
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 1:51
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Warmbier's death after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a "total disgrace" and that if the college student had been returned home to the USA earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different".
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that Pyongyang had "a heavy responsibility" in the death of a USA university student.
He said the form would require Americans to affirm they're aware of what's transpired to other USA citizens, such as Warmbier, whom the senator said was "murdered" by the North.
"No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier's death have been drawn at this time as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview", the coroner's office statement said, expressing "deepest sympathies" for his family and friends. He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.
Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a com.
"As shocked as I am by the sentence handed down to Warmbier, I am even more shocked that a grown man, an American citizen, would not only voluntarily enter North Korea but also commit what's been described a 'college-style prank, '" she continued.
U.S. Sen. John McCain says Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they're harmed while there.
"I'm sure there are high-ranking North Koreans who regret what happened to Warmbier and who think this was a mistake", Delury said. "Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea".
Moon, unlike his predecessor Park Geun-hye, had emphasized a more conciliatory approach to relations with North Korea. He praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson efforts, which hastened Warmbier's rescue mission, to bring back the 22-year-old student on US soil.
"North Korea sent him back to the United States before he died because more questions would have been raised about his death and the situation would have gotten worse if it had returned his dead body", said Cheong Seong-jang, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea.
The United States, South Korea and others have accused North Korea of using foreign detainees has hostages to secure diplomatic concessions.
Warmbier's death comes less than a month after two US congressmen introduced a bill aimed at banning American tourists from visiting North Korea.
Some observers believe that North Korea became anxious because Warmbier's condition suddenly worsened. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government. A Japanese diplomat said Warmbier's death showed that now was not the time to talk to North Korea and that allies must maintain unity in pressuring Pyongyang with sanctions. He has sought out the help of the South Korean and American governments but to no avail.
As for the accusations that Warmbier stole a propaganda poster, Gratton said he had a hard time believing it.
Delury said the Trump administration may try to pressure China to cut its large numbers of tourists to North Korea until the North apologizes and releases the other Americans.