McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

Phillip Butler
June 21, 2017

Tuesday's flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a USA college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati.

President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that if North Korea had released the usa college student Otto Warmbier earlier, he might still be alive.

Mr Warmbier was purportedly sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal a hotel propaganda sign.

Trump condemned Pyongyang following news of his death.

"Clearly we're moving further away, not closer to those conditions", he said. "And we'll be able to handle it".

"It is a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it", said Trump. After spending more than a year in a coma, the OH student died a week after returning to the United States.

"The United States of America can not and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers", McCain said in a statement on Monday. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.

In the meantime, Nauert said the department "strongly warns" USA citizens against travel to North Korea, and demanded that Pyongyang free three other Americans "unjustly detained" there "as soon as possible".

Otto Warmbier's return to the US and to his family was short lived. "That should never, ever be allowed to happen".

North Korea claimed the coma came from botulism and a sleeping pill but doctors who examined Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system.

Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs.

Warmbier was believed to have sustained a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction.

Otto Warmbier was kind and charismatic, according to a classmate. North Korea will not hold anybody accountable for Otto's death.

Richardson, who served under former President Bill Clinton, lobbied Pyongyang on behalf of the Warmbier family for their son's release.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken with Warmbier's family and praised them as "incredible".

"When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on 13 June he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable - nearly anguished", they said. "He was home and we believe he could sense that", they added. He has sought out the help of the South Korean and American governments but to no avail.

Warmbier said his family was advised by the Obama administration "to take a low profile" as they worked to bring him home from North Korea, an global pariah state.

"I think we should strongly consider it", Corker said.

The circumstances of his detention and what medical treatment he received in North Korea remain unknown.

Previously, Trump told CBS he would "not be happy" if North Korea tested a nuclear device, though he did not specify whether he would take action in response.

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