McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to NKorea

21 June, 2017, 07:11 | Author: Delbert Rhodes

A North Korean kangaroo court sentenced Warmbier to 15 years forced labor after he was caught moving a political banner from his hotel.

President Trump on Tuesday criticized China and former President Barack Obama for their responses to the yearlong captivity of American student Otto Warmbier, even as the White House held off announcing action over the young man's death. "And, frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different", said Trump.

A spokesman for Obama said that during his administration, "we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas". Warmbier's father asked. "I think the results speak for themselves". "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 pm." a statement from the family said. "And he most certainly should not have been murdered for it".

Moon, a center-left politician who was sworn in last month after a landslide election win, favors engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than the hardline stance taken by the conservative government of his ousted predecessor Park Geun-Hye.

"There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk and I do not hold the American government responsible, ' " McCain said.

"It's a brutal regime", Trump said.

No one anticipated that Warmbier would be abused in a way that more closely resembles the manner in which North Korea treats its own citizens, where those who cross the government or show disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-Un face severe consequences, including death. He told reporters at a daily news briefing that he hopes Pyongyang and Washington could communicate over related issues.

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Warmbier's father, Fred, lashed out at North Korea last week, telling a news conference, "there is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long".

Warmbier's hometown rallied around his family, wrapping school-color ribbons around trees and utility poles lining Wyoming's main road.

The President previously insisted that China, as Pyongyang's principle benefactor, could "solve the North Korean problem" if it wanted to.

Kim Jong-Un's regime claimed Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced past year, saying the college student had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill.

Doctors have described Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.

They said that Warmbier's brain injury was probably caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain. "Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over", he said, making a reference to the Obama administration's failed North Korea policy.

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