Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

US coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

US coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US held North Korea accountable for what he called Warmbier's "unjust imprisonment." .

North Korea returned Warmbier, who has reportedly been in a coma for a year, to the USA last week, stating that they were acting on humanitarian grounds.

Hanging over the tweet - and Wednesday's meeting - is the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died earlier this week after spending 17 months in detention in North Korea. And Donald Trump said in a statement that "Otto's fate deepens my Administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people".

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump told reporters Tuesday. She says Warmbier "will be missed by all those who knew and loved him".

Officials from the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, which treated the student upon his return, labelled his condition as a "state of unresponsive wakefulness". In an interview with CNN conducted in Pyongyang in January 2016, Kim said he was arrested in October 2015 after spying on behalf of what he called "South Korean conservative elements" who approached him while he was working at a trading business in Rason, a city in northern North Korea near the Chinese border.

"Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration". Almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident.

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", the company wrote on its Facebook page.

North Korea claimed Warmbier fell into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill. However, he was freed and returned to the United States last Tuesday with North Korea saying it was on humanitarian grounds. If the North Koreans were smart they would release them all to atone for what they did with Otto [Warmbier], as a sign of contrition, a human rights gesture.

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"Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for United States citizens to North Korea".

The White House released a statement on Monday offering Trump and First Lady Melania's "deepest condolences" to Warmbier's family. He was convicted less than two months later and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Work with, or compel, China to deny them and their mistresses the ability to fly to Beijing - the major airport for worldwide travel from Pyongyang - to prevent them from buying luxury goods in China, or from transiting on to a vacation in Paris. "That should never ever be allowed to happen", he said.

Others believe it is unlikely that North Korea intentionally harmed Warmbier because he was valuable as a political pawn.

He was medically evacuated last week and returned to the U.S.in a coma.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".

"Despite what you may hear, for most nationalities, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit provided you follow the laws as provided by our documentation and pre-tour briefings", the site says.

He also demanded that the country release three other Americans it's holding prisoner for alleged crimes against the state. "I doubt very much the Russians will shoot at a manned American aircraft", said Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution.

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