Warmbier Death Pushes Potential Trump-Kim Meeting 'Further Away'

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says the US government should consider banning Americans from visiting North Korea.

"We can make speculations that there were many unjust and cruel treatments to Mr. Warmbier", he said.

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that the US government should not be responsible for Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to travel to North Korea, especially in light of recent events.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated demands that North Korea release three other US citizens it holds in detention: missionary Kim Dong Chul and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song.

Trump reacted to Warmbier's death on Twitter and in remarks at the White House one day after the 22-year-old died after being medically evacuated to the USA last week in a coma.

A coroner's office in OH is investigating the death of 22 American Otto Warmbier who died less than a week after his return to the USA after almost a year and a half in North Korean detention.

The coroner's office daily report Tuesday included Warmbier in its listings with cause of death termed "pending".

"It should never, ever be allowed to happen", Trump said of Warmbier's experience and death during brief remarks in the Oval Office, before sideswiping the efforts of his predecessor Barack Obama's administration to free Warmbier: "And frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different".

In the wake of the news of Otto Warmbier's death, Young Pioneer Tours, the travel company that brought Warmbier to North Korea, announced it would no longer be bringing Americans to North Korea.

Yun visited Pyongyang earlier this month to bring Warmbier home after he was reportedly informed of the University of Virginia student's condition during talks with North Korean officials in NY.

A public funeral service is planned Thursday at a high school attended by a 22-year-old college student who was held for almost a year and a half in North Korea and died shortly after he was sent home to OH in a coma.

Mr Trump's administration has appeared confrontational towards North Korea, and has declared an end to a period of "strategic patience" from Washington.

Vox reported that over 800 Americans travel to North Korea each year, primarily through Chinese-run travel agencies.

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

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH confirmed that it received and examined the 22-year-old's body after his death on Monday.

They have not cited any specific death's cause but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

There was no immediate word from the family about why relatives opted not to perform an autopsy, which may have shed more light on the cause of the neurological injuries Warmbier suffered in North Korea.

Medical tests carried out last week in the United States offered no conclusive evidence as to the cause of his neurological injuries, and no evidence of a prior botulism infection.

Moon, who is scheduled to visit Washington next week, also said in an interview with CBS on Tuesday he hoped to draw North Korea into negotiations on its nuclear program by the end of the year. He traveled to China during a break in his studies, and then onto North Korea with a tourist group. I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr Warmbier's death.

  • Leroy Wright