Coroner examining death of United States student released by North Korea

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The circumstances of his detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remained a mystery, but relatives have said his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors. Wyoming City Schools released a statement saying it was "deeply saddened" by his death.

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest USA step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect US citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there.

Al Franken and others when he said in a statement that "the barbaric treatment of Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime amounts to the murder of a United States citizen".

Warmbier arrived in North Korea on an organized trip in January last year and was arrested for trying to steal a propaganda poster from a Pyongyang hotel and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Trump adds, "he should have been brought home a long time ago". However, similar warnings on the limits of American diplomatic efforts toward North Korea, a country with which the United States does not have formal diplomatic relations, have not seemed to deter travelers to date. He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

"The DPRK will keep to the road chosen by it, resolutely meeting the USA vicious and desperate challenge by bolstering up its nuclear force". Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but they were not sure what caused it.

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He helped win the release of an American detained in North Korea in 1996 as well as the release of the bodies of six American servicemen missing since the Korean War. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas". But doctors who treated him said they found no trace of the illness after diagnosis. For example, North Korea already provides an alternative to a traditional passport stamp, much like Cuba in the past, so that concerned travelers can avoid drawing attention to their travels in the future.

"This has the merits of protecting Americans from going to a place of increasing danger, but also drying up one source of our currency for North Korea", Schiff said in an interview.

In a White House meeting with visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, Trump criticized the way Warmbier's case was handled in the year since his arrest, appearing to assail both North Korea and his predecessor, President Barack Obama. "And I think that - may I say that the president might be gullible when it comes to China".

"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.

After Warmbier's death, Trump released an official statement mourning his death and condemning the "brutality" of the North Korea regime. Many lawmakers and analysts say the next step has to be sanctioning Chinese companies that do business with North Korea.

"We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Tuesday.

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