Donald Trump takes swipe at Obama on student death

Donald Trump takes swipe at Obama on student death

He also denounced North Korea over the death of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American university student who died shortly after his release from 17 months of detention in the communist state.

Hamilton County's Dr. Lashmi Sammarco said Tuesday that her office is investigating Warmbier's death but will not go beyond an external examination of the body, citing his parents' objection to an autopsy.

Meanwhile, Otto Warmbier's family have said they will not seek an autopsy on his body, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH said in a statement carried by news channel CNN.

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", the statement said.

He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in Pyongyang, the nation's state media said.

THE cause of death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was just days ago released from over a year of captivity in North Korea, is still unknown.

North Korea claims his coma was due to botulism and a sleeping pill, but the Warmbier family and doctors disagree.

"We can make speculations that there were many unjust and cruel treatments to Mr. Warmbier", he said.

The 22-year-old, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a propaganda banner from a North Korean hotel, was returned to the U.S. in a coma after being detained for 17 months last week.

Warmbier's father blasted Obama during a news conference at the time of his son's release, when cued up with a question as to what more could have been done to secure the young man's release before Donald Trump entered the White House.

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump told reporters in the White House, where he was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Spicer said the USA is continuing to work with China to apply pressure on North Korea and said the United States has seen "positive movement" with China.

Republicans have put pressure on the White House to act over the death of USA uni student Otto Warmbier, saying North Korea murdered him.

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by USA 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".

President Moon Jae-in on Monday said he wants to bring North Korea to the negotiating table this year. Three Americans remain in custody in the North.

Trump has pressured China's President Xi to help curb North Korea's nuclear program and missile tests.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has the authority to cut off travel to North Korea with the stroke of the pen, has been weighing such a move since late April, when American teacher Tony Kim was detained in Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said.

Any number of factors could be behind the deterioration in Warmbier's health during his time in prison: poor hygienic conditions, malnutrition or lack of proper medical care may have been responsible for a coma that North Korean doctors were unable to treat. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government.

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