Warmbier's death looms over US-China talks on North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 17:38
The University of Virginia student died Monday.
A ban on Americans visiting North Korea would only slightly add to the North's isolation and loss of revenue.
Warmbier died Monday in OH, where he had been hospitalized since his June 13 release. 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.
Otto Warmbier was 22. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".
The U.S. and China began high-level security talks Wednesday focused largely on North Korea, amid outrage in Washington over death of an American college student after his imprisonment in the North.
"I believe when it comes to North Korea's nuclear missile threats, it is the Republic of Korea that is more dire".
Warmbier visited North Korea in January 2016 on a sightseeing tour.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati says all who wish to join his family in a celebration of life are "cordially invited".
A funeral will be held Thursday at Warmbier's alma mater, Wyoming High School in Ohio.
He was sentenced two months later to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, the nation's state media said. "It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto". He died Monday in Cincinnati.
Trump says North Korea is "a brutal regime" but the US will "be able to handle it". The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.
"If people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare", McCain said.
Without cooperation from Beijing, which is North Korea's closest ally and trading partner, it has been nearly impossible for other regional players to draw up plans which could be used, he said. John McCain, R-Ariz., proposed that prospective American travelers complete a form declaring they won't hold the USA government responsible for what happens.
Other well-known North Korea tour operators, including Koryo Tours, founded by British expatriates in Beijing, and Uri Tours, with offices in New Jersey and Shanghai, said this week that they were "reviewing" their policies for American citizens. Justin Weber told The Associated Press a press conference is expected later to provide more information.
Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. Physicians said he had a severe brain injury, the cause of which remains unclear.
This story has been corrected to show that the coroner's last name is Sammarco, not Sammaraco.
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 US earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different".
One of Warmbier's high school teachers says he "will be dearly missed".
Another cautioned against reading too much into the message, arguing that there was no meeting earlier in the day that could have spurred the comment or that that tweet foretold some sort of unilateral action against North Korea.
"He was peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that", they said.
Warmbier had planned to study in China in his third year of college and heard about Chinese travel companies offering trips to North Korea.
On Monday evening, she said: "Otto will be dearly missed".
He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.