China tour agency says won't take more US tourists to North Korea

Trump on Tuesday called the death of the 22-year-old Warmbier - who was returned comatose to the USA last week after 18 months in captivity - a "total disgrace".

The Ohio college student died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital, almost a week after his return to the United States after being held in North Korea for more than 17 months.

[Image by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]"The very bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experience today".

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cinci.

Warmbier, an economics student from the University of Virginia, was given a 15-year prison sentence after attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier's "unjust imprisonment" and demanded the release of three other American citizens still in detention.

While there were no physical evidence that he was beaten, doctors said Mr Warmbier had suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue", suggesting he had lost a lot of blood supply to his brain for a long period of time.

North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in. I pray that these innocent people suffering in North Korea are not forgotten in this high-stakes game of weapons, sanctions, and global diplomacy. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm". North Korea has refrained from testing a nuclear device or an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a warhead to North America. Yun learned about Warmbier's condition in a meeting a week before the release the North Korean ambassador at the U.N.in NY. "And on that point, I have the same view as President Trump", he said.

In an interview with CBS News, Mr. Moon said that while "we can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr. Warmbier".

"Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high", it said, adding, "we will no longer be organising tours for USA citizens to North Korea". The 22-year-old died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his family at his side.

The organizers of Warmbier's trip say they will no longer take USA citizens to the country. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".

It's in North Korea.

While studying overseas in China, Warmbier chose to take a 5-day trip to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours, which says it offers "budget tours to destinations your mother wants you to stay away from".

Bae, who ran a company specialising in tours of North Korea, was accused by Pyongyang of plotting to bring down the government through religious activities.

"He (Warmbier) was tried in a kangaroo court, and the punishment was entirely disproportionate", the source in the North Korean tourism industry said.

"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. "If there are any US preconditions for the talks, the No. 1 priority has to be the release of the three other prisoners".

Miller, who returned home with Bae, was held captive in North Korea for several months after being convicted of entering the North illegally to commit espionage and sentenced to six years of hard labor.

"This will be the first of many meetings", the scholar said.

The Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea tied Warmbier's fate to "millions of unknown North Koreans" who are "starved, tortured, brutalized and killed in North Korea's political prison camps".

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