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Pyongyang said that Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced in March of past year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.

On Monday his family announced that he had died. Yun learned about Warmbier's condition in a meeting a week before the release from the North Korean ambassador at the U.N.in NY.

"Yes, this had happened while Mr Warmbier was in the detention of North Korean authorities", Moon told CBS television's "This Morning".

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, called for the swift return of the three Americans and six South Koreans still detained there. From my hotel room, I could see a "family reunification" center being built - meant to allow divided families in North and South Korea to visit one another at the resort.

U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee and who suffered torture in North Vietnamese imprisonment during the Vietnam War, accused the North Koreans of murder. "As I said already, he (Ojea-Quintana) is the model servant of the hostile forces", Han said, making clear he was referring to the United States and its allies who conduct joint military exercises regularly along the volatile border.

"Unfortunately, the bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", the family said in a statement after Warmbier's death at 2:20 p.m. EDT (1820 GMT).

They said Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.

North Korea said he went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

The Trump administration, which negotiated Otto Warmbier's release June 13, may be considering new restrictions on American travel to North Korea, where three other Americans remain in detention - Kim Dong-chul, a businessman, and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song.

Other well-known North Korea tour operators, including Koryo Tours, founded by British expatriates in Beijing, and Uri Tours, with offices in New Jersey and Shanghai, said this week that they were "reviewing" their policies for American citizens ahead of a possible travel ban that has been mooted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Americans comprise about a fifth of all non-Chinese tourists to North Korea, tour operators say. Analysts say his death will likely cast a shadow on relations between the United States and North Korea and compound efforts by South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, to improve ties with the North.

Mr Warmbier, who was jailed for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel, did not regain consciousness. The court sentenced him to 15 years hard labour.

FILE- In this June 15, 2017, file photo, 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 at Wyoming. He arrived in OH on June 13, 2017, after being held for more than 17 months. His family said last week they were told he had been a coma since soon after his March 2016 sentencing.

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", the company wrote on its Facebook page.

Warmbier's parents haven't cited a cause of death, but "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

Three more United States citizens are now being held by North Korea. Warmbier passed away Monday afternoon at the young age of 22. North Korea accuses Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government. The group said it was denied requests to meet Warmbier or anyone who'd been in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine.

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