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

Posted June 21, 2017

An American university student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months died at a hospital in OH this week, just days after he was released from captivity in a coma.

John McCain, R-Ariz., proposed that prospective American travelers complete a form declaring they won't hold the USA government responsible for what happens.

Warmbier was in the process of leaving North Korea on January 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport. "It's worth a forceful response". The U.S. has also been sending strategic military assets to the peninsula to pressure North Korea.

In one interview, Trump appeared to empathize with Kim, telling Reuters that taking over North Korea after his father's death was "a very hard thing to do".

It may never be known, but there are some clues - as well as widespread speculation. On Tuesday, US Sen. During the June 6 meeting, Washington learned of Warmbier's condition. He was charged with allegedly removing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years hard labor. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings.

Once days or weeks had passed, though, if the injury were severe, it is likely that the damage was done, some said. Yun then was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier June 12 with two doctors and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.

The United States, South Korea and others have accused North Korea of using foreign detainees has hostages to secure diplomatic concessions. Those who support interaction say that an embargo simply helps the North Korean government to shut out the outside world.

Experts believe the incident may have ruined hopes of improved relationships with North Korea under Mr Trump, who previously said he would be "honoured" to meet Mr Jong-un. McCain didn't actually mention Warmbier by name when making the case, though he did implicitly call him ― as well as any other Americans who travel to North Korea as tourists ― stupid. The South Koreans actually over many decades have seen thousands and thousands of their citizens abducted and held in the North, and six are being held right now just within recent months and years.

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In another tweet, he said that no other "channel in the world... faces the same amount of conspiracy". Earlier this month, Al-Jazeera said it was battling a large-scale cyber attack.

The U.S. side is expected to press China to cooperate on a further toughening of global sanctions on North Korea. North Korean state media reported that he was arrested for committing "hostile acts" against the government.

Trump said Tuesday that if Warmbier had been returned home to the USA earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different". "You've got to capitalize on this, and influence their internal debates to get them to recognize and acknowledge what happened".

He added that the Obama administration, which Trump has blamed in part for Warmbier's death, was "aware" of the situation and that he had met with former national security adviser Susan Rice at the White House. The US will "continue to work with them and others to put the appropriate pressure on North Korea to change the behavior of this regime", Spicer said.

North Korea continues to test missiles at an unprecedented rate, while USA warships and aircraft have maintained a consistent presence in the region for months. I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr Warmbier's death. Still, opponents will question whether such negotiations may give the North more time to expand its nuclear weapons program.

Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime.

President Trump called the death of Otto Warmbier, American student freed from North Korea, a "disgrace", Tuesday.

Whether North Korea will actually respond to pressure or talks is unclear.