What happened to Otto Warmbier? When the unthinkable is unknowable
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 23:14
Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday just days after North Korea released him from captivity in a coma, his family said.
China, North Korean's main trading partner, has been accused of not fully enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on its neighbour, and has resisted some tougher measures.
Warmbier arrived back in OH in a coma on June 13 but died just days later When did Otto Warmbier die?
North Korea will acquire the technology to deploy a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland United States "in the not too distant future", Moon said.
"The US should ponder over the consequences to be entailed from its reckless and rash act", he said in an apparent warning over the fate of three other US citizens now being held in the country.
Moon has expressed concern over talk of a possible USA military strike to take out the North's nuclear and ballistic missiles sites, which would nearly certainly trigger an immediate deadly retaliation against millions living in South Korea.
A U.S. missionary who spent two years in a North Korean jail said Wednesday he had never imagined that a valuable American prisoner like student Otto Warmbier could die after being taken into Pyongyang's custody.
The Warmbier family announced Tuesday that the 22-year-old will be laid to rest Thursday morning in OH, as Republican and Democratic lawmakers decried his treatment by Pyongyang and floated the idea of banning American travel to North Korea as a first step.
"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.
Washington has also stepped up its muscle-flexing in the region, flying two B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula Tuesday in a planned training mission with Japan and South Korea as its latest show of force.
Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage with the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as American concern grows over the North's acceleration toward having a nuclear missile that can strike the USA mainland. Trump called the Pyongyang regime a "total disgrace" for imprisoning and abusing Warmbier.
The tour company Warmbier was travelling with when he was detained in North Korea, Young Pioneer, announced it would no longer be taking Americans to the communist-led country. The American public's view of North Korea has been drastically deteriorating because of Warmbier's death.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence appeared to praise the efforts that China has taken (at the behest of Trump), telling CNN that: "The President's direct engagement with President Xi of China and the fact that now you've seen China turning back coal shipments from North Korea, making changes in the ability of people to travel by air from Pyongyang into China and other measures that they may well take in the future demonstrates the hands-on diplomacy that President Trump has brought to this". When he finally returned home last week, he was suffering from severe brain damage and was in a persistent vegetative state.
"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".
"The North Koreans lure Americans to travel to North Korea via tour groups run out of China who advertise slick ads on the internet", Fred Warmbier said.
He was sentenced two months later to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.
"The world stage is secondary to the fact that they've lost their child", she said, "and I think we can all certainly appreciate that".