North Korea urged to release captives after student's death
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 4:15
The North Korean government has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out", Trump wrote on Twitter. He took two doctors with him this month to North Korea to bring Warmbier home.
No cause of death has been determined for Warmbier, who was detained for almost a year-and-a-half in North Korea before being sent home in a coma last week.
The Trump administration secured Warmbier's release after he was imprisoned for nearly a year-and-a-half. Three other Americans are now being held captive, and according to the Associated Press, the arrest of one of them, teacher Tony Kim, caused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explore the potential of a travel ban in March.
"I believe that first we must vie for a freeze of North Korea's nuke and missile programs".
"Unfortunately, the terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", the family said in a statement. "At least I know China tried!" the USA president said. The University of Virginia student was imprisoned for 17 months in North Korea after allegedly attempting to remove a propaganda poster.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) described Warmbier's death as "murder" but called on Americans "stupid" enough to travel to North Korea to sign a waiver not to hold the United States responsible if something happens to them.
The United States has called on North Korea to release "as soon as possible", three Americans who are still detained by Pyongyang, following the death of the college student, Otto Warmbier. "Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea".
It is unclear if the USA would be open to talks with North Korea.
The U.S. pushed China Wednesday to rein in companies that deal with North Korea after President Donald Trump tweeted ahead of the high-level talks that Beijing's efforts to sway its wayward ally weren't working.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says China has a responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to prevent an escalation of tensions in the region.
North Korea should be condemned by every nation in the world that cares about human rights.
The U.S. State Department said on June 20 that Washington holds Pyongyang accountable for its treatment of Warmbier, and urged North Korea to free three other U.S. citizens who are now in detention in the country.
The travel agency specializes in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.
"What you are seeing, I think, is the American people's frustration with a regime that provokes and provokes and provokes".