White House Pressure on China Grows Over North Korea
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 7:24
Otto F. Warmbier, the U.S. student who was released from a North Korean prison last week after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma, has died, his family said. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffMueller meets with House leaders amid Trump-Russia probe United States weighs travel ban on North Korea: report Schiff: Russia investigation is just beginning MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday in a statement to USA Today.
He said that if Trump could resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and overall greater security in northeastern Asia, it would probably be the US president's greatest diplomatic achievement.
He said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" broadcast Tuesday that while it's not clear exactly what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made "unjust and cruel treatments" to Warmbier. "The U.S. government should not just throw up its hands and say, 'This is just how North Korea is.' But how do you do that in a smart way where there is some modicum of accountability?"
The death this week of an American university student held prisoner for 17 months by North Korea left OH municipal worker Jeffrey Fowle shaken. When Warmbier was returned to the United States, he had severe brain damage and was in a state of unresponsive awakeness, according to doctors who treated him.
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Like student Otto Warmbier, he visited North Korea with a tour group and was taken into custody at the airport when trying to leave. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor. "And we'll continue to work with them and others to put the appropriate pressure on North Korea to change this behaviour and this regime".
Top lawmakers in the House and Senate seemed to agree with the move, saying that the travel policy with North Korea must be reviewed.
It remains to be seen what actions, if any, the US government will take in response to Warmbier's death. They described their late son, who was the salutatorian of his high school class and a homecoming king, as "a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds".
"We met 20 times with the North Koreans in NY, the United Nations representatives", he told Baldwin.
"I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime", said Mr Moon, who was elected in May.
During Warmbier's detention and even following his release from prison, Young Pioneer Tours continued to market its trips to Americans without referencing Warmbier on their website.
The U.S. doesn't now prohibit its passports from being used to travel to any countries, even though financial restrictions limit U.S.travel to Cuba and elsewhere. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government. This tweet nearly certainly doesn't represent the start of some kind of new North Korea policy - but who knows if it'll seem that way in Pyongyang? The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.