On Capitol Hill, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, called for the U.S.to ban all tourist travel to North Korea.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerman announced that Otta Warmbier was being released through the intervention by President Trump. Warmbier would have had to have been neglected by North Korean authorities for a prolonged period in the throes of cardiac arrest to suffer the extensive tissue loss in his brain that he ended up with. He was 22 years old. He says Warbier’s treatment by North Korea “could be a crime against humanity”.
In their statement Monday, Otto’s family said they believed he had found a peace of sorts after being flown home.
US President Donald Trump offered condolences to the Warmbier family and denounced North Korea as a brutal regime with no respect for “basic human decency” and said Mr Warmbier faced tough conditions. It criticized the treatment when he was held in North Korea and thanked the USA doctors who treated him, and mentioned how he was at peace when he died.
Doctors had not determined how Warmbier became comatose.
After arriving back in the United States, it was revealed that the University of Virginia student had suffered extensive brain loss and was unable to communicate. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him”, Mr. Trump said in a statement. While officials have reacted to past provocations with alarm and warn that the U.S. will consider “all options” in response to the North’s defiance, they’ve focused on nonmilitary actions so far, such as enlisting China’s help to tighten the screws on the country. His death comes only 6 days after he was released by the leftwing North Korean regime, who had imprisoned him for 17 months.
Warmbier’s hometown rallied around his family, wrapping school-color ribbons around trees and utility poles lining Wyoming’s main road.
But the Warmbier family heatedly disputed that claim, saying the pariah regime had “brutalized” Otto.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area said North Korea should be “universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior”.
“Otto Warmbier was such a promising young man“.
Fred Warmbier father held a news conference on Thursday in which he said the Barack Obama administration did not do enough to free his son.
The post United States student evacuated from N. Korea dies appeared first on Vanguard News. Last week, pictures of Otto Warmbier being carried off an airplane were published. The family’s statement noted that the “tortuous mistreatment” he received “at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today”.
Warmbier was arrested in the North in January last year for stealing a political propaganda sign from a hotel and was later sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
Warmbier, a 22-year-old OH native who originally traveled to North Korea to take part in a tour offered by a Chinese company in 2015, was arrested by regime officials at the airport as he attempted to leave the country in January 2016.