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USA considers sanctions on North Korea trade allies

Tillerson said the State Department secured Warmbier’s release at the direction of President Trump.Flamboyant former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday, June 13 after saying he wants to “open the door” to the regime and claiming that US President Donald Trump would be pleased with his mission.The three other USA citizens detained in North Korea are Kim Hak-song, an agricultural researcher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology; Tony Kim (aka Kim Sang-duk), an accounting teacher from the same school; and Kim Dong-chul, a businessman.U.S. officials refused to comment on his condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family. ‘We learned of this only one week ago. Speaking to reporters in Beijing before his arrival in Pyongyang on Tuesday, he said that the issue of several Americans detained by North Korea is “not my objective right now”.A plane carrying Warmbier arrived around 10:20 p.m. CT Tuesday at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport.”We pray for him and pray for his family”, Shannon said, without providing other information. The North Koreans agreed and he was flown out on Tuesday.USA officials appeared to brush aside any speculation of a connection between Rodman’s controversial visit and Warmbier’s release.Tillerson indicated on Tuesday that Washington is looking for new ways to increase pressure on Pyongyang, telling senators that the White House is considering whether to impose “secondary sanctions” on third countries that do business with North Korea.After a brief trial broadcast by North Korean state television, Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor. It’s nearly like he’s perpetually auditioning for the non-existent post of United States’ ambassador to North Korea. The official said the last instruction Trump gave Tillerson was “Take care of Otto”.Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea because the two countries never signed a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.”Otto has been terrorized and brutalized for 18 months by a pariah regime in North Korea”, the father said in an interview scheduled to air Thursday night.Annabella Vagonis, a family friend from Reston, Virginia, whose daughter was close with Warmbier at U-Va., said, “We were at turns incredulous, shocked, surprised, joyful and sad, all kind of emotions within a nanosecond of each other when we got the news this morning”.Rodman, one of the few people to know both of the nuclear-armed leaders, sported a black T-shirt advertising a cybercurrency used to buy and sell marijuana as he talked to reporters briefly before boarding his flight from Beijing to the North Korean capital.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that his department was continuing “to have discussions” with North Korea about the release of the other three imprisoned American citizens.Three weeks later, North Korea announced it was holding him for a “hostile act” against the state. Thousands of US troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.”We thank you for the opportunity and blessing you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people”, said Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who reports suggest may be at risk of losing his job amid internal palace squabbles.The Warmbiers have been relentlessly pressing – first behind the scenes and then more publicly – for their son’s release.The announcement casts doubt on Pyongyang’s claim that Warmbier fell into a coma as a result of contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill. “In no uncertain terms, North Korea must explain the causes of his coma”.He was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.