Coroner still probing death of US student held by N. Korea

The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim."he said".

"I'm sure there are high-ranking North Koreans who regret what happened to Warmbier and who think this was a mistake", Delury said.

"That should never have been allowed to happen", he said Monday.

The president says if Otto Warmbier had been returned home to the USA earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different".

The 22-year-old reportedly could not speak or see after he was held in North Korea for more than 15 months and died a week after he returned to the US.

Wambier's parents have said Otto received "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. But after his return home to OH last week, doctors said they suspected his condition had been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest. However, North Korean authorities said botulism caused the coma, but a team of U.S. doctors who examined him dismissed the North Korean authorities' claim. Like student Otto Warmbier, he visited North Korea with a tour group and was taken into custody at the airport when trying to leave.

Warmbier was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea during President Barack Obama's time in office, though North Korea only informed the USA of Warmbier's medical condition earlier this month.

"There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality", it said.

Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest US step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect USA citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there. Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high.

"This is a personal tragedy", Richardson said, adding that the American college student's parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, were "heartbroken" at their son's death.

Han Tae Song, a senior North Korean official, declined to speak about Warmbier's case, but in speaking about detainees said, "We are doing according to our national laws, and according to the worldwide standards". His family said on Monday he appeared anguished when he first arrived home, but died "at peace".

Preliminary findings from the autopsy of a University of Virginia student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months will be released on Tuesday or Wednesday, the office of the OH coroner performing the examination said.

American doctors who examined Otto found evidence of severe brain damage that may have been caused by a traumatic injury, according to Town Hall.

No matter what it was, Warmbier's state nearly certainly resulted from poor care in North Korea, Laskowitz said.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen reported last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his agency is considering a travel visa restriction to North Korea; but that would stop short of a full travel ban, which would require action by Congress.

It jars so strikingly with the fates of most past detained Americans that outside observers are left struggling not only with the mystery of what killed Warmbier but also with what his death means for attempts by Washington and its allies to stop North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can target the USA mainland.

Warmbier's sophomore English teacher said he would be "dearly missed".

But plans changed after the coroner's office decided at the family's urging not to conduct an autopsy, instead limiting its examination to an external analysis of Warmbier's remains and review of his records, Zornes said.

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