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South Korea calls for release of prisoners from North Korea

22 June 2017

McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said North Korea "murdered" Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American college student who died just days after North Korea released him from detention in a coma. President Donald Trump also commented on the student's treatment Tuesday, saying he thought Otto Warmbier "should have been brought home a long time ago".

The coroner's office said conclusions about the cause and manner of Otto Warmbier's death have not been drawn. "That should never ever be allowed to happen", Trump said.

Sentenced to hard labour for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, the 22-year-old Warmbier was medically evacuated in a coma last week after almost 18 months in captivity. North Korea hasn't conducted a nuclear test explosion as feared earlier this year but has kept up its rapid pace of missile launches. Rob Portman wouldn't provide many details but said the diplomats indicated they would relay his request. What most of the American detainees have in common is that they suffer a disproportionate North Korean response to actions that in most other countries would be at best a minor offense, consistent with a country that frequently punishes three generations of its citizens for crimes against the regime.

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"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday offered few details about how the United States plans to respond to Warmbier's death, promising only that the U.S. will "continue to apply economic and political pressure" to change North Korea's behavior.

Ohio's Republican U.S. senator said Wednesday he had a secret meeting with North Korean officials in NY last December to press for Warmbier's release. Sen. When a CBS reporter asked how Warmbier's death would affect Moon's efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea, he acknowledged the need to "gain a new understanding of the fact that North Korea is a very unreasonable and irrational country". People can live in a state of unresponsive wakefulness for many years with the chances of recovery depending on the extent of the brain injury. He called North Korea a "brutal regime". His relatives said they were told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing. His eyes opened and blinked but without any sign that he understood verbal commands or his surroundings.

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His family said Monday that he first appeared anguished when he first arrived home, but died "at peace". North Korea claims Otto was given a sleeping pill and was in a comatose state due to botulism.

The senator, from the Cincinnati area, said he planned to attend Warmbier's funeral in Wyoming, a Cincinnati suburb.

"Dennis Rodman's complacency and coddling of Kim Jong-un romanticizes and makes light of how risky North Korea is to it's own people and Americans who travel there", the organization stated.

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