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Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea

North Korea’s treatment of an American student who died after being released from detention in a coma was inhuman and U.S. patience with Pyongyang is running out, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Wednesday.The service was held at the 22-year-old’s school in OH, before his burial at a nearby cemetery.But later in the day, they said the family objected to an autopsy being performed on his body, so just an external exam was done.At the start of the meetings, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the press that both Washington and Beijing officials stand behind their request that North Korea “halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile tests”. John McCain, R-Arizona, said that anyone who is “stupid” enough to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the USA government from any responsibility for that individual while they are overseas. He should’ve never been detained.”In regards to the president’s view of North Korea, I believe he represents the American people’s view of North Korea right now”, Mattis said of Mr. Trump. “We’re still considering our options”.”It’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto. At least I know China tried”, Trump wrote.The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office in OH examined the 22-year-old’s body after his death Monday, and honored his family’s wish not to have an autopsy.The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting and was convicted of subversion.It is still not yet clear what the next step will be in addressing the North Korean threat, but relations between Beijing and Washington appear to be stable enough.Pyongyang compared former USA president Barack Obama to a monkey after he supported the 2014 cinematic release of “The Interview”, a Hollywood comedy mocking the North Korean leadership.Asked whether Bae thinks Warmbier was physically mistreated given the threats he received in captivity, Bae said it is possible the college student was “threatened” or that he was “physically tortured or attacked”.The State Department says Wednesday’s talks would focus on ways to increase pressure on North Korea, but also cover such areas as counter-terrorism and territorial rivalries in the South China Sea.Dr. Daniel Laskowitz, a professor of neurology at Duke University, told NBC News that to suddenly die after several months in a “persistent vegetative state” would be the result of either an infection or a blood clot.The administration is considering two escalatory measures in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing and detainment of American citizens, but it hasn’t committed to either.