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20 June 2017, 10:40 | Melissa Porter
22-year-old US student Otto Warmbier dies after leaving North Korea
He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised "confession".
Warmbier, an OH native, was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while visiting as a tourist.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a com.
Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.
The United States, South Korea and others have accused North Korea of using foreign detainees has hostages to secure diplomatic concessions.
James Foley was a freelance war correspondent before he was captured and held for almost two years. Now I hope the American government will help, etc., etc.
In a statement through the foundation Tuesday, John and Diane Foley, of New Hampshire, called Otto Warmbier's death senseless.
The government of China, North Korea's main ally, said Warmbier's death was a tragedy.
"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 high school class and was on the soccer team.
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.
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. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati.
The organizers of a trip to North Korea by an American college student who died after being released from prison in a coma say they will no longer take USA citizens to the country.
"I would have that first because 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.
McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee. He was leaving North Korea on January 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport.
His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a statement that he died surrounded by loved ones at 2:20 p.m. on Monday. They did not cite a specific cause of death.
Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs.
Warmbier's death comes less than a month after two US congressmen introduced a bill aimed at banning American tourists from visiting North Korea.
North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, its carefully scripted propaganda bluster, even its military threats: Far from the scattershot workings of a madman, most of this fits the playbook of a small, proud country well used to stoking tensions to get concessions it would otherwise not receive from surrounding big powers.
Young Pioneer Tours, which was founded by British expatriate Gareth Johnson, said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was 'appalling'.
The Trump administration doesn't need an act of Congress to bar Americans from traveling to North Korea.
The family of an American college student who died days after being released from North Korea in a coma says the 22-year-old "has completed his journey home".
"Our deepest sympathies are with Otto Warmbier and those who loved him". The former University of Virginia student had been visiting North Korea on a tour group when he was detained, sentenced to 15 years hard labor for subversion, and held for more than 17 months.
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