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20 June 2017, 10:11 | Erica Roy
In response, President Donald Trump issued a terse statement condemning North Korea, which is still holding three Americans hostage.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File).
The student's father Fred Warmbier said last week he believed his son had been fighting for months to stay alive to return to his family. His parents created the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to advocate for the release of American hostages and to help keep journalists reporting in conflict zones safe.
United States student Otto Frederick Warmbier shown in Pyongyang in February 2016 after his arrest.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang today (Tuesday) to quickly return the South Korean and USA nationals who are being detained by the isolated dictatorship.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m.at Wyoming High School, where Warmbier was an athlete and salutatorian of his 2013 class.
Warmbier, who was visiting North Korea as part of a student tour, was released some 17 months after he was first detained. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing. He was salutatorian of his high school class and was on the soccer team.
What happened to Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died just days after North Korea released him from detention in a coma, is far more hard to make sense of.
"We can speculate that there were many unjust and cruel treatments to Mr. (Otto) Warmbier". He died Monday in Cincinnati.
U.S. rights group Human Rights Watch said Warmbier's death highlights the North's position as "one of the worst rights abusing governments in the world". North Korean state media reported that he was arrested for committing "hostile acts" against the government.
North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A few days ago, North Korea released Warmbier, who was in a coma, citing "humanitarian reasons".
McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee.
"Some people may disagree with our approach to North Korea but any claim we have sinister intents is a mischaracterisation".
In a statement, the Warmbier family thanked the medical team that treated their son and those who had offered their thoughts and prayers.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. His parents said he had been subjected to "awful torturous mistreatment".
Otto Warmbier from OH left the secretive state in a coma, with doctors describing his state as "unresponsive wakefulness" and reporting he had suffered an "severe neurological injury" of an unknown cause.
It jars so strikingly with the fates of most past detained Americans that outside observers are left struggling not only with the mystery of what killed Warmbier but also with what his death means for attempts by Washington and its allies to stop North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can target the USA mainland.
Young Pioneer Tours said on its Facebook page Tuesday that the death of the 22-year-old Warmbier shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting the isolated nation "has become too high".
The tour operator said it was denied any opportunity to meet him after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling".
Based in China, the touring company promises "adventure holidays"; trips like the one Warmbier took commonly include round-trip travel from Beijing, with several guides for groups of up to 24 tourists.
The Geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea are likely to escalate as the student who was returned by North Korea in a coma died in the hospital.
Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday.
But they could not say what had caused the initial injury.
He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.
He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor.
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