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Korea blasted as recently freed Otto Warmbier dies

20 June 2017

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Warmbier was held for more than 17 months before he was medically evacuated from North Korea last week.

Parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement the day of his release that they wanted "the world to know how we and our son have been brutalized and terrorized by the pariah regime" and expressed relief he had been returned to "finally be with people who love him".

James Foley was a freelance war correspondent before he was captured and held for almost two years.

The training will take place against the backdrop of Otto Warmbier's death. I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr Warmbier's death.

The U.S. Department of State warns against travel to North Korea. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "hostile acts" after being accused of smuggling in inflammatory literature and trying to establish a base for anti-government activities at a border city hotel.

"All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited", said the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at the highly rated high school, and was on the soccer team, among other activities.

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Fred Warmbier praised his son's "performance" and President Donald Trump's administration. He died Monday in Cincinnati. Portman added that the Warmbiers have "had to endure more than any family should have to bear".

Following Warmbier's death, the tour group that arranged his trip to North Korea said it would no longer take Americans into the isolated country.

North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.

McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Three Americans remain held in North Korea. Justin Weber told The Associated Press that a news conference is expected later to provide more information.

South Korea's Blue House on Tuesday cited Moon separately as saying: "It is very deplorable that North Korea does not respect human rights".

Doctors had described his condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.

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U.S. Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died days after being released from North Korea in a coma, was one of several U.S. citizens who have been imprisoned in the country in recent years.

Young Pioneer Tours said on its Facebook page that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier shows the risk facing American tourists in North Korea "has become too high".

They wrote that they endured "rigorous, daily interrogation sessions" in North Korea, but didn't give a detailed account of the questioning or their treatment during their detention. "The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", it said.

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 passed away at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in OH at 2:20 pm local time, the family said.

Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday.

The coroner's office daily report Tuesday included Warmbier in its listings with cause of death termed "pending".

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Korea blasted as recently freed Otto Warmbier dies