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U.S. student dies days after release from N. Korea

U.S. student dies days after release from N. Korea

Otto Warmbier, 22, died at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, a week after being released from North Korea in a coma.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A public funeral service is planned Thursday at a high school attended by a 22-year-old college student who was held for almost a year and a half in North Korea and died shortly after he was sent home to OH in a coma. He was sentenced to 15 years' hard labour in a gulag for "hostile acts against the DPRK".

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.

Pyongyang said Mr Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced previous year, claiming the student had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill.

"The results speak for themselves", the student's father said last week.

Pyongyang did not issue a statement in response to the news of Warmbier's death on Tuesday.

"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem", Trump wrote in April.

"Otto's fate deepens my administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out", Mr. Trump said in a Twitter message.




"A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition", Trump said Monday, reacting to Warmbier's death.

Warmbier's release came amid mounting tensions with Washington following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang, focusing attention on an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has dubbed "a clear and present danger to all".

Mr Moon, a centre-left politician sworn in last month after a landslide win, favours engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than the hardline stance of his ousted predecessor.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was discussing the dynamics of the pending Senate vote on Trumpcare when MSNBC's Katy Tur mentioned President Trump had tweeted his thoughts.

Pyongyang maintains that Warmbier succumbed to botulism.

Thornton reiterated that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Chinese firms or people with alleged economic and financial links to North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. Doctors in the US said Warmbier had severe brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". His eyes opened and blinked but without any sign that he understood verbal commands or his surroundings.

"He was peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that", they said.

Warmbier was "generous, outgoing, sweet, smart as a whip, just an overall good guy", Danica White, his sophomore English teacher, recalled last week. Three Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea and the State Department spokeswoman called for them to be released.

The tour operator said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling".


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