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Ohio Coroner Investigating Otto Warmbier’s Death

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has the authority to cut off travel to North Korea with the stroke of the pen, has been weighing such a move since late April, when American teacher Tony Kim was detained in Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said.Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier (WORM’-bir) died in Cincinnati on Monday, not long after his return to OH after almost a year and a half in North Korean captivity.A public funeral service for Warmbier is scheduled for Thursday morning at his alma mater Wyoming High School.During a news conference Tuesday from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump implied that former President Barack Obama was partially responsible for the death of American college student Otto Warmbier. An announcement from Spring Grove Cemetery reportedly said, “All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited”. The former University of Virginia student had been visiting North Korea on a tour group when he was detained, sentenced to 15 years hard labor for subversion, and held for more than 17 months.It was unclear whether his remark represented a significant shift in his thinking in the USA struggle to stop North Korea’s nuclear program and its test launching of missiles or a change in US policy toward China.The tweet, which came hours before the United States and China were set to meet in Washington to talk about North Korea, caught multiple Trump administration officials off guard, leaving them scrambling as they tried to figure out what exactly what the President meant.At the time, he declined to discuss Warmbier, except to say, “If I bring guests that are respectful, willing to listen, willing to interact with people, North Koreans will see that we are normal people as well”.North Korea said Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill. “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr. Warmbier at this time of their tragic loss”.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., left, confers with Sen. Three Americans remain in custody in the North.Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the USA should think about banning US citizens from visiting North Korea. Justin Weber told The Associated Press that a news conference is expected later to provide more information.His body was transferred to the Hamilton County Coroner’s office later that day, Don Jasper, its chief investigator, said on Tuesday.The statement did not explicitly mention a cause of death but did say that “the terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible”. People can live in a state of unresponsive wakefulness for many years with the chances of recovery depending on the extent of the brain injury.This story has been corrected to show the coroner’s last name is Sammarco, not Sammaraco. Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released and medically evacuated Tuesday.The government of China, North Korea’s main ally, said Warmbier’s death was a tragedy.North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, its carefully scripted propaganda bluster, even its military threats: Far from the scattershot workings of a madman, most of this fits the playbook of a small, proud country well used to stoking tensions to get concessions it would otherwise not receive from surrounding big powers.The family of American college student Otto Warmbier said the 22-year-old died Monday, days after his release from North Korea.The travel agency specializes in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi’an.Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months. “But I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier’s death”. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.