Otto Warmbier 'murdered by Kim Jong-Un's regime'

Frederick Owens
June 21, 2017

John McCain waded into controversy on Tuesday with his remarks about Otto Warmbier, the American college student whose imprisonment in North Korea resulted in a coma.

Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.

The China-based travel agency that organized a trip to North Korea for an American college student who died after being released in a coma from North Korean detention said it would no longer take US citizens to the country.

US President Donald Trump called Warmbier's detainment and death a "total disgrace".

North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. "I think the president worked really hard to do what he could to secure the release of him".

Trump spoke briefly about Warmbier during an Oval Office meeting with the president of Ukraine.

"Clearly we're moving further away, not closer to those conditions", he said. He called North Korea a "brutal regime".

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee says the US government should consider banning Americans from visiting North Korea.

The travel agency specialises in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi'an. I am encouraged that we're calling for, pressing for the release of the three remaining Americans in North Korean custody.

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Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

Lakshmi Sammaraco said the office "accepted the case" of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital.

Justin Weber said that a press conference is expected later to provide details.

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

His treating physicians said he suffered from unresponsive wakefulness, a condition also known as persistent vegetative state.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of the student who died less than a week after his return from North Korea, where he was detained near a year and a half.

President Moon, who is scheduled to visit Washington next week, also said in an interview with CBS on Tuesday he hoped to draw North Korea into negotiations on its nuclear program by the end of the year. He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for the death of a 22-year-old US college student it detained for almost a year and a half. The North is believed to be preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. The North is still holding three other USA citizens captive.

North Korea said last month that it was its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" USA citizens it had detained for crimes against the state.

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