North Korea detainee's death investigated

Trump has held high hopes for greater cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his assistance.

Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the two superpowers, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, agreed to push for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

A separate KCNA article published hours earlier also criticised South Korea for using Mr Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens.

In March 2016, Kim Dong Chul, a 62-year-old Korean-American missionary, was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for subversion.

Portman told the throng of reporters outside that North Korea must be held accountable for what happened to the 22-year-old University of Virginia student, who died Monday.

Mattis vowed to "continue to take necessary measures to defend ourselves and our allies" against North Korea, which is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States. In North Korea, objects that contain the name or picture of Kim Jong-il are regarded as inviolable. "But by no means will China, nor will Chinese society permit it to, act as a "US ally" in pressuring North Korea", the Global Times said in an editorial.

South Korea's unification ministry expressed prudence about giving its assessment over Kye's remark, saying that North Korea made a similar proposal in January 2015.

On Tuesday, Mr Moon embraced a similar idea, telling CBS News host Norah O'Donnell in an interview that a freeze could be a way-station to a second phase of talks that would "achieve the complete dismantling of North Korea's nuclear programme".

Suggesting former President Barack Obama bears some blame, Trump said "the result would have been a lot different" had Warmbier been brought home sooner.

North Korean envoys at overseas postings are anxious about serious implications that could follow the death of former American detainee Otto Warmbier, who died days after being released from North Korea, according to Radio Free Asia.

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", the statement said. "At least I know China tried", Trump wrote.

"The smear campaign against DPRK staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law", the spokesman added, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "For instance, if the American side completely stops big, large-scale military exercises temporarily or permanently, then we will also temporarily stop".

Schiff said a new law was important to show Congress' unity on North Korea, arguing that financial measures through the Treasury Department might be more effective than a passport ban because it would deter travel companies ferrying Americans.

  • Leroy Wright