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Funeral Today for Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier, 22, was arrested in the reclusive communist country while visiting as a tourist.Warmbier had arrived back in the U.S. in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness”, having suffered a “severe neurological injury” of unknown cause.About 2,000 people packed into a school for Otto Warmbier’s funeral Thursday in Wyoming, near Cincinnati.His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, told CNN in early May that they had had no contact with their son for more than a year. Trump appeared to acknowledge as much in a tweet Wednesday, a day after the death of US student Otto Warmbier, 22.Nearby streets were adorned with blue and white ribbons as a show of support.Despite global condemnation and sanctions, North Korea has a small nuclear arsenal and is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that threaten Japan and South Korea – and one-day could even hit some USA cities.Warmbier’s brother and sister were expected to speak at Thursday’s memorial, as were his friends. In the regime’s hour-long trial of Warmbier, they accused him of planning to trade the poster to Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, in exchange for a used auto.”He was the best guy I knew”.After graduating as class salutatorian in 2013, Warmbier enrolled at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he was studying at the school of commerce and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. The service was conducted by a rabbi and lasted about one hour.”He was genuine and authentic, and so smart”.Whether that treatment included rotten food, unsafe pharmaceuticals and neglectful medical treatment, or brutal beatings that finally put Warmbier into a coma, North Korea is responsible for Warmbier’s death. He was arrested at Pyongyang airport as he was about to leave.American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted March 16, 2016, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. Sponsors of terrorism are subject to “restrictions on USA foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions”, according to the State Department website.The Trump statement about China was likely to increase pressure on Beijing ahead of Wednesday’s Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, which will pair U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis with China’s top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of joint staff of the People’s Liberation Army.He returned in a vegetative state, unable to communicate with his family and with devastating brain loss. No ban is imminent, but deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier’s death, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal diplomatic discussions.