McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to NKorea

President Donald Trump has called the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for for nearly a year and a half, a "disgrace".

"A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition", Trump said Monday, reacting to Warmbier's death.

North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea's government said it released Warmbier last week on "humanitarian grounds". Warmbier had been imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, and was in a coma for over a year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for the death of a 22-year-old USA college student it detained for almost a year and a half.

Warmbier was on a tourist trip when he was arrested and handed a 15-year sentence in March last year, a punishment United States officials decried as out of proportion to his alleged crime. During a study-abroad trip to Hong Kong, he toured North Korea for five days, and was convicted of stealing a propaganda poster.

Trump tweeted Tuesday, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".




The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

The coroner's office in Cincinnati is investigating the death of the American college student who died less than week after his return from North Korea, where he was detained near a year and a half. Three Americans remain in custody in the North.

The young man's father, Fred Warmbier, previously criticized former president Barack Obama's administration for how little he did for their son, saying officials had counselled the family against speaking out to avoid antagonizing the North Korean regime.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.

North Korean authorities said Warmbier fell into a coma following his sentencing after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.

Young Pioneer Tours, the travel company that took Otto Warmbier on a fateful trip to North Korea, will no longer take USA citizens into North Korea. This is a regime that regularly kidnaps foreign citizens and keeps 120,000 North Koreans in barbaric gulags. He also said the State Department was "mulling additional advisories" against travel to the rogue nation, but no such warnings have yet emerged.

"There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result", Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement on its website.

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