McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

Posted June 21, 2017

A coroner's office in the United States is investigating the death of a 22-year-old college student who died less than a week after his return to the country following more than a year in North Korean detention.

In an interview with CBS News, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that while it's not clear if North Korea killed Warmbier, they have "heavy responsibility".

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For months, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and top aides have staked any progress dealing with North Korea's burgeoning nuclear program on China's involvement.

The announced came as President Trump said Tuesday that it was a "total disgrace" what happened to the 22-year-old young man. "But they probably won't do it", Richardson said. But after his return home to OH last week, doctors said they suspected his condition had been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest. While North Korean officials stated he fell into a coma after contracting botulism, U.S. doctors who examined Warmbier said he suffered severe neurological trauma while in detention and showed no traces of the toxin.

Three other Americans remain in North Korean custody to this day.

While almost all Americans who have gone to North Korea have left without incident, some have been seized and given draconian sentences for seemingly minor offenses. He called North Korea a "brutal regime".

"In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder", Sen.

The U.S. and North Korea have no diplomatic relations.

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Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after he attempted to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. Work with, or compel, China to deny them and their mistresses the ability to fly to Beijing - the major airport for global travel from Pyongyang - to prevent them from buying luxury goods in China, or from transiting on to a vacation in Paris.

"It should never, ever be allowed to happen", Trump continued. "At least I know China tried", Trump wrote.

The senator from Arizona says, "There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk, and I do not hold the American government responsible'".

Delury said the Trump administration may try to pressure China to cut its large numbers of tourists to North Korea until the North apologizes and releases the other Americans.

"Why would you die suddenly after 15 months in a persistent vegetative state?" All tours begin and end in Beijing and travelers enter North Korea by train, according to the company's website.

In Congress, Democrats and Republicans found rare bipartisan consensus in denouncing North Korea.

13 June 2017 -He is released from North Korea and medically evacuated to the US.

Schiff said a new law was important to show Congress' unity on North Korea, arguing that financial measures through the Treasury Department might be more effective than a passport ban because it would deter travel companies ferrying Americans. "I think this is an unfortunate thing", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.