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The three Americans imprisoned by North Korea

21 Juin 2017

He said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" broadcast Tuesday that while it's not known for sure what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made "unjust and cruel treatments" to Otto Warmbier. "It's worth a forceful response". The North Koreans blamed a combination of botulism and sleeping pills for Mr. Warmbier's condition, but the doctors found no evidence of botulism. However, several Cincinnati-area doctors said they doubted this claim. "Despite what you may hear", it continued, "North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit".

Last month, an unidentified PUST official told Reuters that Kim's wife had returned to the United States, but The New York Times reports that she is still believed to be in North Korea. Yun learned about Warmbier's condition in a meeting a week before the release from the North Korean ambassador at the U.N.in NY.

Mr Warmbier's case will fuel growing calls in America for a ban on travel to North Korea, for which a bill was proposed in May by two congressmen. He said he had been the president of an global trade and hotel services company that operated in Rason, a special economic zone near North Korea's northern border.

22-year-old U.S. college student Otto Warmbier passed away just days after he was released by the North Korean regime in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, his family announced, blaming his untimely death on the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans". Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

Earlier on Monday, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton was asked during a briefing on the upcoming high-level security talks with China if the US was considering any retaliatory action against North Korea over Warmbier's death.

The last thing conservatives want, the argument goes, is curious American tourists talking with citizens and undercutting decades of propaganda that assures North Koreans that they are the envy of the world.

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The death was the end of a wrenching ordeal for the Warmbier family, and is likely to worsen the already tense relations between the United States and North Korea, which technically remain in a state of war dating to the armistice that halted the 1950-53 Korean War.

From Capitol Hill to the White House, pressure mounted for a tough US response, even as USA diplomats sought to protect others Americans from facing a similar fate.

"He should have been brought home that same day", the president added. "You've got to capitalize on this, and influence their internal debates to get them to recognize and acknowledge what happened". And earlier this year the North was suspected of arranging the killing of the half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un with VX nerve agent at a Malaysian airport.

The furor in the US over Warmbier's death recalls the raw emotions felt after a chemical weapons attack in Syria killed children, which prompted Trump to fire cruise missiles at Bashar Assad's regime.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been unable to pursue the engagement with the North he favors because of a string of North Korean missile tests. They did not cite a specific cause of death.

"It's unlikely that Washington and Seoul will let Warmbier's death entirely derail their efforts at talks because North Korea's nuclear weapons program is such a serious and immediate threat", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University. Uri Tours and Koryo Tours, two other travel companies also based out of China that organise tours to North Korea, say they are reviewing their position on the matter. Yet dropping bombs on Kim Jong Un's nation - an option Trump's administration says is still on the table - is so risky that many analysts see it as implausible. He said he would push for the release of the remaining USA prisoners as well as six South Koreans held in the country.