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McCain accuses Kim of murdering jailed US student Otto Warmbier

21 Juin 2017

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It's ramping up the rhetoric after the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who slipped into a coma while being held prisoner in North Korea.

Korean-Americans Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song, who worked at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, were recently detained for hostile acts against the government, according to North Korea's state media.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official said North Korea remained prepared to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time but there were "no new unusual indications that can be shared". However, an autopsy will not be performed in accordance to the family's wishes.

The statement also said that the medical record from an air ambulance service that brought Warmbier to OH and data from the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, where he was hospitalised until his death, have been reviewed. There will be more interviews and records reviewed.

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"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. Several senators said they were considering a travel ban. Earlier in April, he had intensively lobbied the Chinese President Xi Jinping to impose sanctions on Chinese banks and other bodies that North Korea might rely on for financial help.

Like student Otto Warmbier, he visited North Korea with a tour group and was taken into custody at the airport when trying to leave.

A funeral will be held Thursday at Warmbier's alma mater, Wyoming High School in Ohio.

China, North Korea's main ally, is a strong advocate for negotiations over the North's nuclear program, and Warmbier's death seemed unlikely to change that.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that it was "a disgrace what happened to Otto". He died on Monday. When Warmbier was returned to his family in OH last week, he was unable to see, speak, or acknowledge verbal commands.

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The death of Warmbier has become a serious global incident, with many calling on the Trump administration to take harsh action against the North Korean regime as a result.

Since his disappearance, Roy and his wife, Kathleen Sneddon, have tried just about anything they can think of to find out what happened to their son - from traveling to China to retrace his steps to getting State Department officials to waive federal law to give them everything they know about their son's case.

"If people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare", McCain said. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., left, confers with Sen. Justin Weber told The Associated Press on Tuesday morning that a press conference is expected later to provide details. They have not cited any specific death's cause but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

This story has been corrected to show that the coroner's last name is Sammarco, not Sammaraco.

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by USA citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, and Trump declared Warmbier's treatment a "total disgrace".

Warmbier had planned to study in China in his third year of college and heard about Chinese travel companies offering trips to North Korea.

Warmbier was detained in January 2016 while visiting North Korea at the end of a five-day tour.

Experts believe the incident may have ruined hopes of improved relationships with North Korea under Mr Trump, who previously said he would be "honoured" to meet Mr Jong-un.

Otto Warmbier died at the age of 22 in a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after the North Korean government sent him home in a coma and suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the U.S. doctors who treated him.

Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. Investigators are still not certain what caused his death.

Among the many questions is: Why did he die so soon in America after 17 months in a coma in North Korea with its limited medical resources?