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Family declines autopsy for US student released by North Korea

21 Juin 2017

President Trump said Tuesday that college student Otto Warmbier - imprisoned by North Korea during the Obama administration - might be alive today if the United States had "brought him home sooner".

Warmbier's family declined to have an autopsy performed on him, the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH said Tuesday, deciding that only an "external examination" would be performed.

The Ohio coroner's office said on Tuesday that it had not been able to determine the cause of Warmbier's death after carrying out an external examination.

Nauert said that the administration is "contemplating" restricting American travel to North Korea, but a decision has not been reached.

They have not cited any specific death's cause but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

Relatives have said they were told by U.S. envoys that North Korean officials claimed Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

However, it said in a statement on its website yesterday that Mr Warmbier's death had "led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists".

North Korea in the spotlight at high-level US-China talks
He also tweeted that "the USA once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim". The route to inflicting significant economic pain on Kim's government remains through China.

"We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained".

President Donald Trump told Bloomberg News last month he'd be "honored" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "under the right circumstances". "His family is incredible, what they've gone through, but he should have been brought home a long time ago", Trump said while meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko at the White House. The White House and the State Department said they were considering options in response to his death, including a travel ban on Americans visiting North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that Pyongyang has "a heavy responsibility" in the death of a USA university student.

Trump has pressured China's President Xi to help curb North Korea's nuclear program and missile tests.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have been on the rise in recent months, amid a rapid succession of missile tests by the North.

In March 2016, Kim Dong Chul, a 62-year-old Korean-American missionary, was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for subversion.

North Korea is also holding Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim.