North Korea calls Trump a 'psychopath'

Asked how the Warmbier case would affect his efforts to engage North Korea, Moon added: "I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime".

Tillerson made the comments at a press conference after high-level talks with Chinese officials at the State Department.

China's not going to cut North Korea off, though it could by ceasing all trade.

The Trump statement about China was likely to increase pressure on Beijing ahead of Wednesday's Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, which will pair US.

It was unclear whether his remark represented a significant shift in his thinking in the USA effort to stop North Korea's nuclear program and its test-launching of missiles or a hardening in United States policy toward China.

Friends and family members will gather in OH on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after being returned to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

In meetings at the State Department involving USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs, North Korea was to get "top billing", according to Susan Thornton, the senior US diplomat for East Asia.

To the editor: It is sad to hear about Warmbier's death.

"To resolve the Korean peninsula nuclear issue, China has been making unremitting efforts and we have been playing an important and constructive role", said Geng Shuang, a foreign ministry spokesman, while stressing China was not the "focus and the crux" of the crisis.

Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says he had a secret meeting in December with North Korean officials to urge that they release a college student from his Cincinnati home area.

On Tuesday the president called what happened to Warmbier "a disgrace". Warmbier died Monday at the hospital-and doctors said his death may have stemmed from the long flight home. I feel bad for his family.

Diplomatic tensions have increased after the recent death of American student Otto Warmbier.

A North Korean diplomat suggested Wednesday that the country is willing to stop testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles under certain conditions.

United States doctors say there is no evidence he suffered from botulism, and the Warmbier family believe he died as a result of "awful torturous mistreatment". He had returned to the United States in a coma after being held captive in North Korea. The administration is also considering imposing "secondary sanctions" against Chinese companies that do business with North Korea, a move that would be met with hostility in Beijing.

Since Trump took office, he and his cabinet have said the key to reining in Kim is China, which provides most of North Korea's food and fuel imports. The Trump administration is considering banning travel by US citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, and Trump declared Warmbier's treatment a "total disgrace".

  • Arturo Norris