South Korea's Moon says North Korea responsible for Warmbier death

South Korea's Moon says North Korea responsible for Warmbier death

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by US citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a "total disgrace".

The 22-year-old Warmbier, who was released in a coma last week after almost 18 months in detention in North Korea, died Monday - prompting Trump to slam the "brutal regime" in Pyongyang.

President Donald Trump is offering condolences to the family of an American college student who was released from North Korea in a coma and died days after returning home to Ohio.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they're harmed while there.

He attempted to leave the country to go home but was arrested and detained at the airport.

While there were no physical evidence that he was beaten, doctors said Mr Warmbier had suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue", suggesting he had lost a lot of blood supply to his brain for a long period of time.

Last week, Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, said his son had been "lured" into traveling to North Korea by Young Pioneer Tours and that the company had promised its customers were never detained.

They said the student had been "unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands". "I think this is an unfortunate thing", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.

Coroner still probing death of USA student held by N. Korea
Other companies released statements saying they were reviewing whether to continue taking Americans to the North. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.

The younger Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

The U.S. Department of State warns against travel to North Korea.

An undated picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on May 5, 2017.

Jeffrey Fowle, also from OH, was detained in 2014 when he intentionally left a Bible in a nightclub. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised "confession". Fowle was freed after six months.

"It's unlikely that Washington and Seoul will let Warmbier's death entirely derail their efforts at talks because North Korea's nuclear weapons program is such a serious and immediate threat", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.

His comment could signal he is ready to play hardball with the Chinese, or at last send a message to China that the United States feels they are not coming to the table with a strong hand due to their continued trade with North Korea.

"At least we got him home", the President said yesterday, promising that "we'll be able to handle" the North Korean regime, which he rightly called "brutal". Moon expressed condolences to the Warmbier family and the American people.

Warmbier was "generous, outgoing, sweet, smart as a whip, just an overall good guy", Danica White, his sophomore English teacher, recalled last week. The President has grown increasingly militaristic in his rhetoric lately, suggesting there could even be a "major, major" conflict between the USA and North Korea, but it's hard to take him seriously when he gushes over Kim so frequently.

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