Otto Warmbier's death: what they said

The Latest Richardson saddened by death of freed student

The Latest Richardson saddened by death of freed student

Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich said Warmbier's treatment by North Korea "could be a crime against humanity", adding it underlines the "evil, oppressive" regime's disregard for human life.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I just wanted to pass on word that Otto Warmbier has just passed away.

In a White House statement, Trump said, "A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents". "Otto's fate deepens my administrations determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do no respect the rule of law or basic human decency", Trump said.

Otto Warmbier, 22, was released from North Korea and handed over to the USA authorities last week, but he passed away on Monday. Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn't clear what caused it. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.

Otto Warmbier was arrested in North Korea during a sightseeing tour past year.

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North Korea said it had released Mr Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds". Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea.

Moon, who was elected on a plan to engage in talks with North Korea, said he agreed with Trump on being willing to participate in a dialogue with North Korea under certain conditions, given that sanctions and global pressure have not resolved the situation.

The 22-year-old "has completed his journey home", relatives said in a statement.

It was that curiosity, Coleburn says, that motivated Warmbier to learn more about the culture of North Korea. "He looked very uncomfortable-almost anguished", Warmbier's parents wrote.

Warmbier was detained at the Pyongyang airport in January 2016, charged with a "hostile act" against the country's authoritarian government and convicted less than two months later of trying to steal a propaganda poster.

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Such a move by Beijing would hurt the North Korean economy "but also be lifted based on their compliance", Delury wrote on Twitter, saying Chinese actions would be more effective than a U.S.travel ban. FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Pyongyang continued to test-fire missiles since South Korean leader Moon took office pledging to engage in dialogue with North Korea.

But American tourists make up only a small fraction of visitors to North Korea, whose tourism industry is dominated by visitors from China, its main economic partner. North Korea's demands include a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War and the removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula.

He was kept there after giving a tearful press conference and was not seen again until last week when he was carried off a private medical plane upon his return to the US.

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.

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