Coroner probing death of student freed from N. Korea

The death of a 22-year-old college student in OH on Monday has dashed any hopes of a quick detente between the US and North Korea.

Young Pioneer Tours, the group with which Warmbier traveled to North Korea, will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to the isolated country, Troy Collings, a company director, said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that US diplomats have already held discussions for more than a year with North Korea's top nuclear negotiator, focused on freeing American prisoners.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeated demands that North Korea release three other U.S. citizens it holds in detention: missionary Kim Dong Chul and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song. No ban is imminent, but deliberations gained new urgency after Warmbier's death, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal diplomatic discussions. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with. "Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for USA citizens to North Korea".

In July 2008, a 53-year-old South Korean woman tourist at the Mount Kumgang resort who walked into a restricted area, either mistakenly or on goal, was shot dead by North Korean soldiers - and the tourist trips to the resort ended, along, eventually, with other initiatives.

The Trump administration doesn't need an act of Congress to bar Americans from traveling to North Korea. "At least I know China tried!"

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

He had been detained in North Korea since January 2016, when he was arrested in Pyongyang for attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel.

"We are discussing this matter frankly with our Korean travel partners, and the foreign organizations active in Pyongyang that we liaise with", Beijing-based Koryo Tours said in a statement.

"I pray that these innocent people suffering in North Korea are not forgotten in this high-stakes game of weapons, sanctions, and global diplomacy", he added. He had signed up for a trip to North Korea with Young Pioneer Tours travel group. Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". He said the form would require Americans to affirm they're aware of what's transpired to other US citizens, such as Warmbier, whom the senator said was "murdered" by the North.

Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenFranken: Trump might be "gullible" on China Franken: Impeaching Trump could lead to "zealot" Pence Franken accuses Trump of flip-flopping on House healthcare bill MORE (D-Minn.) said on Tuesday that President Trump might have been "gullible" to think that he could pressure China to effectively rein in North Korea. The US wants North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear and missile programmes.

In the wake of Warmbier's detention and death, the Young Pioneer Tour company has updated is "North Korea FAQ" page, starting with its top question: "How safe is it?"

Asked if the death would have an impact on high-level U.S.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary who spent nearly two years in a North Korean prison before he was released in November 2014, asked people to pray for Warmbier's family.

His death led Young Pioneer Tours to announce it would no longer offer United States citizens trips to North Korea.

They said the most likely cause, given Mr Warmbier's young age, was cardiopulmonary arrest that had cut the blood supply to the brain.

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

Legislation requiring Americans to obtain a license before visiting North Korea.

Yun went to North Korea on June 12 with a medical team to secure Warmbier's release, the official said.

Latest News