US Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detention

04:15  20 june  2017
04:15  20 june  2017 Source:   MSN

Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier

  Tillerson: North Korea releases US citizen Otto Warmbier <p>Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, an American serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts.</p>Tillerson says that Warmbier is on his way back to the U.S. to be re-united with his family. He says in a statement that the State Department secured Warmbier's release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson says the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.

Otto Warmbier , the 22-year-old American student recently released from North Korea after 17 months in prison, died Monday afternoon, his family has announced. North Korean authorities said Warmbier contracted botulism not long after his trial, but doctors in the U.S. said they did not find

OTTO Warmbier , the American student released by North Korea in a coma after more than a year in detention , has died . American student Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detainment in a coma.

Supporters gather at the Wyoming Civic Center after Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, spoke during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati.© John Minchillo/ AP Photo Supporters gather at the Wyoming Civic Center after Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, spoke during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati. Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, his parents announced.

Warmbier had been medically evacuated and returned to Cincinnati last week in a coma.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a written statement.

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, said to be in a coma, released from North Korea

  University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, said to be in a coma, released from North Korea <p>University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who has been detained in North Korea for 17 months, has been medically evacuated from the country in a coma, his parents told The Washington Post Tuesday.</p>Warmbier, who is 22, is due to arrive home in Cincinnatti on Tuesday evening, having been evacuated through an American military base in Sapporo, Japan.

[CHICAGO] Otto Warmbier , the US student released in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in detention in North Korea , died on Monday, leading President Donald Trump to decry the "brutal regime" in Pyongyang.

CINCINNATI - University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier died on Monday in a Cincinnati hospital only days after being released in a coma from 17 months of detention in North Korea , his family said in a statement.

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Warmbier’s death was mourned by both his wide circle of friends and by complete strangers, and it intensified political reaction to his detention, with outraged critics calling it ‘murder.’

President Trump issued a statement Monday afternoon. “Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

North Korea says American detainee Warmbier released on humanitarian grounds

  North Korea says American detainee Warmbier released on humanitarian grounds North Korea said on Thursday it had released American citizen Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds" after he had been held prisoner for 17 months. Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was medically evacuated to the United States on Wednesday. His family said he arrived in a state of coma.The North's KCNA news agency said in a one-sentence dispatch that Warmbier's release followed a court decision on Tuesday. It did not provide other details.

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier died on Monday in a Cincinnati hospital only days after being released in a coma from 17 months of detention He was arrested, according to North Korean media, for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan. North Korea released Warmbier last

Otto Warmbier , an American student who was released from North Korea in a coma last week after being detained in the country for almost a year and a half, died just days after his return to the United States.

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement Monday evening that “Otto is dead because of Kim Jong-un’s repressive, murderous regime. North Korea’s human rights record is atrocious, and whatever Pyongyang did to Otto during his detention clearly led to the grave deterioration of his health and ultimately his death.

“… They must be held accountable for their continued barbaric behavior.”

Warmbier’s death could push Congress or the Trump administration to restrict or ban Americans from traveling to North Korea.

Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) have introduced the North Korea Travel Control Act in the House, which would require Americans who want to travel to North Korea to obtain a license. There would be no licenses for tourists.

The Senate has been more reluctant to introduce restrictions on Americans — but Warmbier’s death might be the trigger that they need, analysts say.

Parents of U.S. student to detail his time in North Korean prison

  Parents of U.S. student to detail his time in North Korean prison <p>The parents of an American university student who was detained in North Korea are expected on Thursday to detail his mistreatment during 17 months in prison when he fell into a coma.</p>Otto Warmbier's parents, Fred and Cindy, are scheduled to speak to the media at their son's former high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming, Ohio.

Last week, Warmbier was released after more than 17 months in detention in North Korea . Conviction and release . Otto Warmbier was a University of Virginia student when he was detained in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang while on his way home.

North Korea freed Warmbier on Tuesday after spending 17 months in prison in the communist country. Expected headline in NYT, WP, “ Otto Warmbier lived when under Socialized medicine; dies within days under Capitalist medicine”.

Separately, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has raised the prospect of the administration using an executive order to ban travel to North Korea.

“We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea,”  Tillerson told a House committee last week. “We haven’t come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.”

On Monday he issued a statement. “Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier has passed away.

“On behalf of the entire State Department and the United States government, I extend my condolences to the Warmbier family, and offer my prayers as they enter a time of grief no parent should ever know.

“We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.”

Warmbier had gone to North Korea as a tourist on his way to Hong Kong for a study abroad program, but was stopped when he tried to leave the country. After a sham trial, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Fred Warmbier said North Korea lures American tourists to the country with tour groups such as the one his son joined, Young Pioneer Tours, and then “they take them hostage.”

S. Korean leader: North bears "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death

  S. Korean leader: North bears In his first one-on-one interview since being elected, President Moon Jae-in speaks with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell about the recent death of the American student released from North Korea in a comaNorah O'Donnell: Sen. John McCain has said that Otto Warmbier was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime.

Otto Frederick Warmbier in Pyongyang, North Korea , in this photo released by Kyodo Feb. 29, 2016. Fred and Cindy Warmbier had no news about their son during his detention after March of last year.

Otto Warmbier Died , US Student Dies After Released from North Korea [BREAKING NEWS]. Source: CNN (CNN) Otto Warmbier , the college student who returned to the United States last week after 17 months of detention in North Korea , died Monday afternoon, his

Young Pioneer Tours said after Warmbier’s death that it would no longer take American citizens to North Korea.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier had no news about their son during his detention after March of last year. He was not allowed consular visits, and it was not until this month that U.S. officials and the family were told that he had been in a coma for more than a year.

He was medically evacuated, landed in Cincinnati on Tuesday night and was rushed to the hospital.

On Thursday, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said that the 22-year-old Otto Warmbier had extensive loss of brain tissue, and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

That morning, Fred Warmbier denounced what he called the “pariah” regime that brutalized his son.

Fred and Cindy Warmbier issued a statement Monday afternoon:

It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home.  Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.
It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person.  You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.
We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.
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 looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished.  Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace.  He was home and we believe he could sense that.
We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers.   We are at peace and at home too.
Fred & Cindy Warmbier and Family
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who worked to try to free Warmbier, said in a statement Monday afternoon: “Otto Warmbier was such a promising young man. He was kind, generous and accomplished. He had all the talent you could ever ask for and a bright future ahead of him. His passing today is a loss for Ohio and for all of us. Jane and I are lifting up the Warmbier family in our prayers at this difficult time, and we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this remarkable young Ohioan.”

U.S. State Department presses N. Korea to release detained Americans

  U.S. State Department presses N. Korea to release detained Americans The United States holds North Korea accountable for its treatment of U.S. student Otto Warmbier and wants three other U.S. citizens detained by Pyongyang to be freed as soon as possible, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. "We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a news briefing. Warmbier died on Monday days after being returned from North Korea in a coma after being imprisoned for 17 months."We want to see three other Americans who were unjustly detained brought home as soon as possible," Nauert said.

Warmbier died at 2:20 p.m. Monday, days after he was released from North Korea . Otto Warmbier on the day of his trial. CNN Newsource/Getty Images.

Otto Warmbier has died six days after being brought back to the United States in a coma from North Korea . Warmbier was returned to his family in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13 after spending 17 months in North Korea where he was arrested as a student for stealing a propaganda poster in January 2016.

Gov. John Kasich said in a written statement: “All Ohioans mourn the death of Otto Warmbier, a young man of exceptional spirit. Our prayers go out to his family, who have shown great strength and courage throughout this terrible ordeal. This horrendous situation further underscores the evil, oppressive nature of the North Korean regime that has such disregard for human life.”

Teresa Sullivan, president of U-Va., said by phone Monday afternoon: “It’s just such a waste of a promising young life. That’s very hard — that’s very hard to accept.

“I feel so sorry for his classmates and his fraternity brothers. He had many friends at the university, professors who taught him, I think everyone feels, very deeply, this loss.

“I think we always somewhere, deep down, thought he would come back to us and finish his degree with us.”

Warmbier was much loved. He was homecoming king and captain of his high-school soccer team, an expert in underground rap music and economics, a thrift-store shopper who wore his selections, like a purplish-striped sweater under a houndstooth blazer, with a big, confident grin.

He was a top student at U-Va., with a scholarship designed for the most “intellectually curious” students, and that inquisitiveness led him to befriend strangers, have long talks with friends about big ideas, and travel abroad to places such as Ecuador and Cuba. He took care of friends and family, offering advice to his younger brother and sister, reminding his mother they should visit a relative who was sick, surprising friends with throwback jerseys, paintings, Hawaiian shirts and other thrift-store finds.

Otto Warmbier's girlfriend pays emotional tribute: 'He was my soul mate'

  Otto Warmbier's girlfriend pays emotional tribute: 'He was my soul mate' Alex Vagonis, who dated Otto Warmbier for more than a year, spoke at a vigil honoring him at the University of Virginia."He was my soul mate on so many levels and I truly believe that he helped me become a better human being, the person that I am today," Alex Vagonis told a group of students Tuesday at the University of Virginia, from where Warmbier would have graduated this year.

The sentencing comes a day after veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson met North Korean officials at the UN in New York to try to push for Warmbier 's release . Mr Richardson has previously been involved in negotiations to secure the release of Americans from North Korea detention .

WASHINGTON — American college student Otto Warmbier , who was released after more than 17 months in detention in North Korea , is expected to arrive at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center late Tuesday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He was unusually disciplined, certain of his major and with his path to a career in finance mapped out early on; as a junior he had already long had enough credits to graduate, a summer at the London School of Economics completed, and summer internship likely to lead to a job offer after graduation.

Last month, his classmates graduated from U-Va. without him.

Otto Warmbier with Todd Siler, a teacher at Wyoming High School in Ohio, at Otto’s 2013 graduation.© courtesy of Todd Siler Otto Warmbier with Todd Siler, a teacher at Wyoming High School in Ohio, at Otto’s 2013 graduation.

Todd Siler, a teacher at Wyoming High School, said Monday that he saw two of Warmbier’s friends from the graduating class of 2013, of which he was salutatorian, earlier Monday. They had been to the hospital to see him, and came to school to see their friend’s name on the graduation walk; all the students have their name etched on a brick there. “Tough, tough moments today,” he said.

The Wyoming City Schools said in a statement Monday that they were deeply saddened by the loss of Otto Warmbier. “The countless contributions he made to his school and community through his leadership, actions, and limitless enthusiasm will be felt far into the future.”

Siler said, “Otto just brought out the best in people.”

“In a short time he had an impact on so many people of all different walks of life. … I think that’s what makes his passing so hard — there aren’t enough people like that in this world. We lost a good one. We lost a great one.

“Otto was strong, such a strong kid,” Siler added. “His spirit touched everybody, and I want to believe that, despite the treatment that he experienced, that he was hanging on to come home. And he did that. He knew he was there and with family. … I think there was a part of him still left that understood that.

“He’s home. So it’s okay to let go.”

Staff writer Carol Morello contributed to this report.

North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier .
<p>North Korea has denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.</p>The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency on Friday was Pyongyang's first reaction to the death of Otto Warmbier. North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died Monday in a U.S. hospital. His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition.

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