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20 June 2017, 10:58 | Erica Roy
But in May, the U.S. State Department reiterated its warnings against traveling there, saying at least 16 Americans had been detained in North Korea in the past 10 years.
Doctors have described Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas". He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused. FILE- In this June 15, 2017, file photo, Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference at Wyoming.
He said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" broadcast Tuesday that while it's not clear exactly what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made "unjust and cruel treatments" to Warmbier. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings. Instead, Warmbier said, the company helped his son become "fodder" for the isolated regime. John McCain, R-Arizona.
Three South Korean nationals were detained in North Korea during their missionary work respectively since 2013 and the remaining three South Koreans are North Korean defectors who returned and are now held in custody, a lawmaker briefed by the South Korean spy agency told reporters last week.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In has sent a letter of condolences to Warmbier's family.
Warmbier had not spoken or moved in any purposeful way since his return, a condition his doctors called "unresponsive wakefulness" also known as persistent vegetative state.
The family thanked the staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for doing everything they could for their son in his final days.
In the wake of Warmbier's detention and death, the Young Pioneers company has updated is "North Korea FAQ" page, starting with its top question: "How safe is it?"
The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.
But as he tried to depart from Pyongyang's airport, he was stopped in security. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with. He pleaded to be released.
His family said it was told he fell into a coma soon after his March 2016 sentencing after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.
"The way his detention was handled was appalling and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", it said in a statement.
Warmbier, "Please save my life". There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result.
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.
Warmbier died in OH on Monday, days after being released by North Korea. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.
"I pray that these innocent people suffering in North Korea are not forgotten in this high-stakes game of weapons, sanctions, and global diplomacy", he added. But some analysts believe negotiations could happen because of USA worries about the safety of the three other Americans still detained in North Korea. Seated next to the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Trump said Warmbier "should have been brought home a long time ago". North Korea's demands include a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War and the removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula.
Warmbier could not walk, talk or respond to verbal commands. "He looked very uncomfortable - nearly anguished", the family's statement said. But "within a day the countenance of his face changed, he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that".
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