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Otto Warmbier’s hometown prepares for his funeral

“At least I know China tried!”While the USA officials stressed agreement on the goal of North Korean denuclearization, the talks also dealt with China’s sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea, with the Americans reaffirming opposition to Beijing’s militarization of islands it is building in the strategic waterway. It would also ban any form of tourist travel by Americans.”Secretary Mattis and I were clear that the U.S. position remains unchanged”, Tillerson said.But plans changed after the coroner’s office decided at the family’s urging not to conduct an autopsy, instead limiting its examination to an external analysis of Warmbier’s remains and review of his records, Zornes said.Mystery still surrounds Warmbier’s death, particularly how he ended up in a coma and what conditions he experienced while being held in North Korea.Trump – who frequently denounced China on the campaign trail – has turned to Beijing to help pressure its ally North Korea, prompting concern among Asian partners that America might go easy on the South China Sea territorial dispute. The Trump administration is considering banning travel by US citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, and Trump said Warmbier’s treatment was a “total disgrace”.He had returned to the United States in a coma after being held captive in North Korea. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, but was sent home to OH on June 13 in a coma, dying days after his release, after spending 17 months in captivity. John McCain said Tuesday that Americans who are “stupid” enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the USA government of any blame should they be harmed while there.Mr Warmbier’s parents, from OH, did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited “awful, torturous mistreatment” by North Korea.Warmbier was among the estimated 5,000 non-Chinese who visit North Korea every year on packages that often include trips to Pyongyang, the capital, as well as the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, Mount Paektu and sometimes the Masik ski resort. In the wake of the needless, cruel death of American student Otto Warmbier, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor essentially for a prank, Kim Jong Un is in more trouble than he can imagine.”The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim”. 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.Warmbier’s parents say he became ill after he was imprisoned, and that the North Koreans claimed that he contracted botulism and fell into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.