US student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at 22

“We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment”, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Tuesday.”I think it’s a disgrace what happened to Otto”, Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, adding that Warmbier should have been brought home sooner.The extent to which Beijing can influence Pyongyang is a key issue in trying to defuse the North Korea crisis, and Tillerson’s remarks came the day after President Donald Trump appeared to suggest China’s President Xi Jinping had come up short in efforts to lean on Kim Jong-un’s regime.Warmbier died Monday, six days after he returned to his OH home in a coma after 17 months of detention in the North for taking down a political propaganda sign from a hotel.US t before Trump’s tweet, Chinese state media put out an editorial saying Beijing has done all it can to break the stalemate with North korea and that even after Warmbier’s death, China will by no means act as a USA ally when it comes to pressuring Pyongyang.Eastern Vision, a Hong Kong-based tour company that specializes in travel for university students and new graduates, stopped taking U.S. citizens on tours to North Korea in early 2016, after Warmbier’s arrest.He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor.The United States, South Korea and others have accused North Korea of using foreign detainees has hostages to secure diplomatic concessions. “And he most certainly should not have been murdered for it”, Senator Rubio said.”No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview”, the coroner’s office said in its statement.”A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents”, Trump said. “But I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier’s death”. Other travel companies say they’re considering a similar restriction.He did not elaborate on what might happen next if China, by far the North’s most important trading and diplomatic partner, is out of ideas.Following Warmbier’s death, the tour group that arranged his trip said it would no longer take Americans into the isolated country.The North Koreans have claimed that Warmbier’s condition was due to a case of botulism that he contracted after his trial, combined with the effects of a sleeping pill.Suspected North Korean drone surveillance is a “grave provocation” which violates the Korean War truce, Seoul said Wednesday, demanding a United Nations probe into a drone that crashed near the border. Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings.