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Spicer: Warmbier's Death a 'Shame,' China Needed to Help More

21 June 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also said in a statement that the US holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier's "unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained".

Several neurologists agreed that there is no way to know for certain what caused Warmbier's coma - it could have been anything from an allergic reaction to a drug overdose to strangulation or some other kind of torture.

Warmbier was convicted of subversion in North Korea after he tearfully confessed he tried to steal a propaganda banner. "Bad things happened but at least we got him home to his parents". He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at a highly rated high school and was on the soccer team.

Warmbier, 22, died Monday after returning to the USA from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned for 17 months. He died Monday in Cincinnati. When asked during a press conference last week whether the Obama administration should have done more to help, he replied, "I think the results speak for themselves". But in May, the U.S. State Department reiterated its warnings against traveling there, saying at least 16 Americans had been detained in North Korea in the past 10 years. Like others held under varying terms of detention, from cramped, windowless shacks offering little protection from the country's bitter cold to hotel rooms, Fowle recalled the sense of isolation he felt."The emotional strain was high, especially during the early part of my detention when I was coached on how to formulate my admission of guilt", Fowle said, adding, "I was never physically abused". If they are unable to do so, the USA, with its allies, will!

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest US step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect USA citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there.

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McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee. "It puts us in a really precarious situation when Americans are detained there".

Based on what the Cincinnati doctors had said publicly, Laskowitz said Warmbier was not brain dead when he returned; he could breathe on his own, despite the devastating injury.

Warmbier's parents haven't cited a cause of death, but "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. But U.S. doctors who examined him said he suffered severe neurological trauma and showed no signs of botulism.

In an interview broadcast today on CBS News, newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined in condemning the North.

Some observers believe that North Korea became anxious because Warmbier's condition suddenly worsened.

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The tour operator said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling". Yet trade between China and North Korea actually increased in the first quarter of 2017, suggesting Beijing isn't seriously trying to use economic pressure.

The Ohio college student died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital, almost a week after his return to the United States after being held in North Korea for more than 17 months.

His family said in a statement released by a hospital that Warmbier died Monday afternoon.

The coroner's office in Cincinnati, Ohio, said in a statement: "No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr Warmbier's death have been drawn at this time as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview".

He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

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Two were teachers at a Pyongyang university funded by overseas Christian groups, and the third a Korean-American pastor accused of espionage for the South.