United States student dies days after North Korea sent him home comatose

Claudine Rigal
Juin 20, 2017

According to North Korea, the coma was from getting botulism combined with being given unidentified sleeping medication, right after his sentencing.

He had suffered severe brain damage during his captivity.

Warmbier's parents said since his return to OH their son had been unable to speak, see or react to verbal commands and appeared "very uncomfortable - nearly anguished".

In a separate written statement, Trump offered his "deepest condolences" to Warmbier's family "on his untimely passing".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed to hold North Korea to account for Warmbier's death, plus work to released three other "illegally detained" Americans. But he just passed away a little while ago.

"At present, the State Department does not forbid U.S. citizens from travelling to North Korea - there's a strong advisory against it, but, legally, citizens are able to go there", he said.

"Unfortunately, the terrible tortuous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", the statement added.

Recall that in North Korea were released, an American student of Otto Pombier, who was detained by the authorities of the country in 2016.

Concerns are growing that Warmbier's death will strain an already tense relationship between Washington and Pyongyang.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued a statement.

Experts say it's not uncommon for North Korea to torture foreign prisoners like Warmbier, but it certainly is unprecedented to inflict injuries of this degree, especially to a U.S. citizen. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm [1820GMT]", the statement said. "He was smart, outgoing, fun, friendly, and I think anyone who knew him, especially those who knew him better than me, would agree with that", Coleburn said.

Their statement on Monday said he had looked uncomfortable and anguished after returning on June 13, but his countenance later changed.

Ohio's US senators sharply criticized North Korea soon after his release. The U.S. government says North Korea is using such detainees as political pawns. Such direct consultations between the two governments are rare because they don't have formal diplomatic relations.

"Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high".

North Korea released Warmbier last week and said he was being freed "on humanitarian grounds".

While Trump has warned that "all options" are on the table, so far he's focused on pressuring China - North Korea's main ally and benefactor-while looking to get on the same page with a more dovish administration in South Korea.

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