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Death of US student held by North Korea shocks fellow ex-detainees

Death of US student held by North Korea shocks fellow ex-detainees”

The US student held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died a week after returning home.

But the trip made last week by Joseph Y. Yun, the top USA envoy on North Korea, was starkly different.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese efforts to persuade North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed, ratcheting up the rhetoric over the death of an American student who had been detained by Pyongyang.

"If the administration is smart, they'll use this as one more reason why sanctions, isolation and coercion need to be the tip of the spear against North Korea", said Medeiros, now an analyst at the Eurasia Group.

After he returned to OH, doctors determined he had suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. It is unclear how he fell ill. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm".

An organizer working with volunteers didn't want them to speak to reporters on Wednesday morning as they decorated the route in the school's colors for the final trip of the adventurous student, fondly remembered at his high school as popular, smart and active in sports.

"The bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today". Those who typically do travel from China, where tour groups market trips to adventure-seekers.

Warmbier's death comes at a delicate time in worldwide diplomacy surrounding North Korea.

16 March 2016 - Mr Warmbier goes on trial in Pyongyang where he confesses to stealing a propaganda poster, and is sentenced to 15 years of hard labour. He is believed to have slipped into a coma shortly after his trial. Three other USA citizens, including Kim, are still being held in North Korea. Doctors last week said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to OH in a coma.

A month after his arrest, he appeared at a news conference tearfully confessing to trying to take a sign from his hotel as a "trophy" for a United States church. The United States and its allies would like to see an oil embargo and bans on the North Korean airline and guest workers among other moves, steps diplomats say have been resisted by China and Russian Federation.

The young man's father, Fred Warmbier, previously criticised former president Barack Obama's administration for how little he did for their son, saying officials had counselled the family against speaking out to avoid antagonising the North Korean regime.

US diplomatic and defense chiefs met their Chinese counterparts for security talks and pushed China to rein in companies that allegedly deal with its wayward ally North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

"Despite constant requests, we were denied any opportunity to meet him or anyone in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine".

Warmbier's surprise release last week raised initial speculation that the Trump administration, which sent US diplomat Joseph Yun to Pyongyang to oversee Warmbier's medical evacuation, would open a direct communications channel with Pyongyang aimed at paving the way for negotiations over the nuclear and ballistic missile programs that have made North Korea an worldwide pariah. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.

They believe respiratory arrest led to his condition, which is caused by a lack of oxygen and blood in the brain.

A day earlier, the president slammed the "brutal regime" in Pyongyang, and said he was determined to "prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".



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