McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

Posted June 21, 2017

But whether he is even aware of that is uncertain.

Added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained".

A senior North Korean official speaking after the death of a USA student held prisoner for 17 months by Pyongyang said on Tuesday his country followed national law and global standards in its treatment of detainees.

The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months.

Otto Warmbier was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors said that two M.R.I. scans sent by the North Koreans indicated that Mr. Warmbier had sustained a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction, most likely before April 2016.

Justin Weber said that a press conference is expected later to provide details. In a recent interview, Richardson suggested that Warmbier's death will "set back any serious discussion about a diplomatic dialogue until this is cleared up".

Danny Gratton, Warmbier's roommate during their brief stay in North Korea, said they spent four days together and became close friends in that time.

Otto Warmbier gives his speech as class salutatorian in 2013 at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati.

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati says all who wish to join his family in a celebration of life are "cordially invited". He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor.

Relatives have said USA envoys told them that North Korean officials said Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and became comatose after taking a sleeping pill, according to the Washington Post.

"Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited terrible, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

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North Korea released Warmbier last week and said he was being freed "on humanitarian grounds".

He said that if Trump could resolve the North Korean nuclear issue as well as bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and overall greater security in northeastern Asia, it would probably be the USA president's greatest diplomatic achievement. Warmbier's doctors said he had suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, but showed no signs of physical trauma.

Unresponsive wakefulness is a new medical term for persistent vegetative state. Patients in this condition can open their eyes but do not respond to commands. But they could not say what had caused the initial injury.

"He was peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that", they said.

In a damning statement, McCain said: 'Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime.

Some of those companies - including China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which took Warmbier to Pyongyang - have now stopped taking Americans. He thanked the USA for supporting Ukrainian defense and reforms, calling his home country a "story of success".

"During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas", Obama spokesman Ned Price said in a statement, reported.

The U.S. Department of State warns against travel to North Korea.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen.

Two of the other largest agencies to take Western tourists to North Korea also said they were reconsidering taking USA tourists. Almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident. In the House, lawmakers lined up behind legislation ordering the Treasury Department to prohibit all financial transactions related to travel to North Korea by Americans, unless specifically authorized by a USA license.