Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Family declines autopsy for former North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier

Kristopher Nichols | 21 June, 2017, 21:07

US President Donald Trump has, meanwhile, called Warmbier's death a "total disgrace", adding that the college student might have been alive if he had been brought home sooner. "It's worth a forceful response".

North Korea said last month it was its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" USA citizens it had detained for crimes against the state. South Korea's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with its fighter jets aimed at deterring the North.

It may never be known, but there are some clues - as well as widespread speculation.

Following the death of 22-year-old college student Otto Warmbier, Americans' ability to travel to North Korea could change.

Warmbier was released on June 13 in a state of coma after Joseph Yun, the State Department's special envoy on North Korea, paid a visit to Pyongyang and demanded his release. During the meeting, Washington learned of Warmbier's condition. He could not speak or move voluntarily and his doctors said he suffered extensive brain damage. On January 2, 2016, Warmbier was detained by regime officials, allegedly for attempting to steal a propaganda poster.

If North Korea conducts a sixth nuclear test, it would mean that the pressure now imposed by China is not effective, US officials said. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised "confession".

Or maybe North Korea concealed his medical condition for so long in the hopes that he'd recover.

His family believes he was tortured into a vegetative state.

Senior U.S. officials say China has "taken a fairly limited profile" in counterterrorism efforts. His death has also raised political debates between American lawmakers and questions in America-North Korea relations.

A drone, which had been photographing a controversial USA missile defence shield, was discovered early June after it crashed close to a sensitive military installation along the heavily fortified border, Seoul's military said. "You've got to capitalize on this, and influence their internal debates to get them to recognize and acknowledge what happened". In turn, USA officials focused on diplomatic efforts. The North Korean government has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

Kim Jong-un's regime claims the hapless tourist fell ill shortly after his show trial.

President Moon Jae-in holds an interview with CBS at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on June 20, 2017, in this photo provided by the presidential office. His son Otto died on Monday less than a week after he was released from North Korea. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.

Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for trying to contain North Korea, which counts on China for 90 percent of its trade, but the effort has delivered few results.

Whether North Korea will actually respond to pressure or talks is unclear. "We think that our travel warning that we've had in place for some time is quite strong", she said.

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