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

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

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

The 22-year-old Warmbier, who was released in a coma last week after almost 18 months in detention in North Korea, died Monday - prompting Trump to slam the "brutal regime" in Pyongyang.

The death of an American student detained for seventeen months in North Korea has triggered outrage among USA officials, giving rise to speculation that Washington will get tougher on the regime.

Warmbier died at 2:20 p.m. Monday, days after he was released from North Korea.

North Korea also sent MRI images of Warmbier's brain, dated April 2016.

In this February 29, 2016, photo, American student Otto Warmbier cries while speaking to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Other North Korea tour operators, including Koryo Tours, founded by British expatriates in Beijing, and Uri Tours, with offices in New Jersey and Shanghai, said they are "reviewing" their policies for American citizens ahead of a possible travel ban that has been mooted by USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

He was salutatorian of his 2013 Wyoming High School class before attending the University of Virginia.

The North Koreans told USA officials that Warmbier had suffered from botulism and then slipped into a coma after taking a sleeping pill but Cincinnati doctors said that their examination showed no evidence of botulism, the strong neurotoxin produced by a bacterium.

Otto Warmbier admitted attempting to steal a propaganda banner and was convicted of subversion after visiting the communist country in March 2016. The North Korean government has vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

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He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor. "Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea". "Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high".

"It's unsafe", Corker said, adding that the "trumped up charges" like those Warmbier was accused of "can continue to happen".

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", it said in a statement.

"When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands".

A spokesman for the Hamilton County coroner says Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco's (LAK'-schmee sam-MAHR'-kohz) office has accepted the case of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital. But after his return home to OH last week, doctors said they suspected his condition had been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest. Warmbier's death could make it even harder, although some analysts think Moon could offer talks with the North as a way to get other detainees out of North Korea.

"We have been struggling to process the result", said Young Pioneer Tours, which advertises the North as "probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit".

The organizers of Warmbier's trip say they will no longer take US citizens to the country. The University of Virginia student was detained at the airport as he was leaving Pyongyang in January 2016.

His father, Fred Warmbier, said last week he believed Otto had been fighting for months to stay alive to return to his family. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.

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