Trump calls Warmbier's death a 'total disgrace'

Posted June 21, 2017

Ohio's US senators sharply criticized North Korea last week. Yet it was quiet diplomatic shuttling that appears to have helped secure Mr Warmbier's eventual release, culminating in a meeting in NY on June 6th between Joseph Yun, America's special representative for North Korea, and North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Pak Kil Yon.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). Their analysis was based on two MRI scans provided by the North Koreans, who reportedly said that Mr Warmbier had been in a coma for over a year.

His death - the loss of a buoyant, hard-working, adventurous, much-loved University of Virginia student - touched off mourning, outrage and many questions.

Analysts said anger over Warmbier's death would dim, if not scuttle, any prospect of a less antagonistic relationship in the near future between Washington and Pyongyang, which is still holding three other Americans. It says his family objected to an autopsy. It said his medical records from an air ambulance service that brought him to OH and from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was hospitalized until his death Monday, have been reviewed, and the treating physicians have been interviewed extensively. There will be more interviews and records reviewed. He died on Monday.

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USA doctors confirmed that Otto Warmbier had severe brain damage during his time in captivity in North Korea. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.

"All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited, " said the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at a highly rated high school, and was on the soccer team, among other activities.

North Korean officials claimed Warmbier contracted botulism shortly after his trial and had been unresponsive ever since. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati.

When Warmbier was returned to his family, he was comatose.

President Trump offered his "deepest" condolences to the family and condemned the "brutality" of the North Korean regime Monday.

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"We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained", said Tillerson in a statement on Monday.

"If people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare", McCain said. He said he would push for the release of the remaining US prisoners as well as six South Koreans held in the country.

Three Americans now remain detained in North Korea. "I expect it this week", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at a news briefing.

"Unfortunately", the statement said, "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".

But doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who treated him after his return home in OH said he showed no signs of botulism and suffered extensive loss of tissue in his brain.

US President Donald Trump, in a White House meeting with visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, criticised the way Mr Warmbier's case was handled in the year since his arrest, appearing to assail both North Korea and his predecessor, Barack Obama.

North Korea expert Bill Richardson told The New York Times that Warmbier's death would "set back any serious discussion about a diplomatic dialogue".

Warmbier's sophomore English teacher said he would be "dearly missed".

Warmbier's death came just days after he was released by the North Korean government and returned to the United States suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the usa doctors who treated him.

Mr Warmbier's sad fate will be taken as yet another instance of American vulnerability to Mr Kim's regime, says Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations, an American think-tank. He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months. He was charged with allegedly removing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

"This is a personal tragedy", Richardson said, adding that the American college student's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, were "heartbroken" at their son's death.