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US Student Detained in North Korea Suffered Serious Brain Function Loss

20 Juin 2017

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, died at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday just days after North Korea released him from captivity in a coma, his family said.

Warmbier died in OH on Monday, days after being released by North Korea. Doctors who examined him after his return to said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in all parts of his brain.

"The bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible", the family said in a statement announcing Warmbier's death.

If the Trump administration wants to punish North Korea over its treatment of Warmbier, it would need Beijing's help. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with. According to North Korea, the coma was from getting botulism combined with being given unidentified sleeping medication, right after his sentencing.

China today expressed sorrow over the death of United States student Otto Warmbier following his release from North Korea in a coma, and urged Washington and Pyongyang to resolve tensions through dialogue.

He had been a student at the University of Virginia at the time - and was praised for his curiosity and intellect, USA Today reported.

"We hope that North Korea and the USA can handle it appropriately", he added.

In their statement Monday, Warmbier's family said they believed the young man had found a peace of sorts after being flown home.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he offered his prayers as Warmbier's parents "enter a time of grief no parent should ever know", and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Warmbier's death "touches the American heart like no other". He had had planned to study in China in his third year of college and heard about Chinese travel companies offering trips to North Korea.

The senator from Arizona says, "There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk, and I do not hold the American government responsible'".

When the Wyoming community first learned of Warmbier coming home they tied, blue and white ribbons around hundreds of trees to welcome him, not knowing his condition.

Three more United States citizens are now being held by North Korea.

"When it comes to preemptive strike. this is something we may be able to discuss at a later state when the threat has become even more urgent", he said, adding that the North Korea nuclear missile threat was a matter of life or death for the South Koreans who live next door. Washington has accused Pyongyang of using American detainees as political bargaining chips, while the North claims they are spies sent to overthrow the regime.

Warmbier pleaded for forgiveness during his sentencing in North Korea.

"I think this is an unfortunate thing", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular news briefing.