In the past, North Korea has also given tourists heavy sentences (between six and 15 years) for trivial offenses and then held them until the USA negotiated their release.
After more than a year detained in North Korea, Otto Warmbier returned to the United States in a coma last week, only to die six days after his arrival.
His body was transferred to the coroner’s office later that day and initial results from the examination are expected later on Tuesday or on Wednesday.
Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion. With one American declared dead after being released from a prison in North Korea and three still in captivity there, he’ll have to reckon with how to respond to a regime once dubbed by former US official Victor Cha as “the land of lousy options”.
Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor of global relations at Renmin University of China, said the United States had more reason to press Beijing over the North Korea issues, given worldwide outrage over the brutal regime’s treatment of Warmbier.
Officials from Trump down have expressed sadness about the college student’s fate, but say that for now, they haven’t decided on a course of action.
They also said military options for North Korea have recently been updated and will be presented to President Donald Trump if there is a nuclear test.
Speaking early today to assembled reporters across the street from Wyoming High School, US Senator Rob Portman of OH highlighted the community support that the Warmbier family has received during the tragedy.
The US, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to try to win diplomatic concessions.
His language was echoed by South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who said in an interview ahead of a White House visit next week that North Korea bears responsibility for the student’s death.
Mattis vowed to “continue to take necessary measures to defend ourselves and our allies” against North Korea, which is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States. “He never should have been detained in the first place”, he said.
“His family is incredible. but he should have been brought home a long time ago”, Trump said. In North Korea, objects that contain the name or picture of Kim Jong-il are regarded as inviolable.
“He was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands”, Warmbier’s parents had said in a statement announcing his death. Judging by Trump’s tweet on Tuesday, the president doesn’t sound confident he’ll be able to convince them.
Warmbier was traveling in North Korea with a tour group, and was arrested at Pyongyang airport as he was about to leave.
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