Trump calls Warmbier's death a 'total disgrace'

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The State Department "strongly warns" United States citizens not to travel to North Korea, explaining it has no diplomatic relations with the country, that 16 US citizens have been detained there in the last 10 years and that even if the government allows a traveler to bring in a cell phone, he or she will have to use a North Korean carrier, which will allow the government to monitor calls. But some analysts believe negotiations could happen because of USA worries about the safety of the three other Americans still detained in North Korea.

Trump had held high hopes for greater cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his assistance.

The announced came as President Trump said Tuesday that it was a "total disgrace" what happened to the 22-year-old young man. It said his medical records from an air ambulance service that brought him to OH and from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was hospitalized until his death Monday, have been reviewed, and the treating physicians have been interviewed extensively. But after his return home to OH last week, doctors said they suspected his condition had been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest.

He is probably the first American to die at the hands of North Koreans in decades. "Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high", it posted.

The North Korean government said Warmbier contracted botulism shortly after his imprisonment and became comatose after taking a sleeping pill. However, he was freed and returned to the USA last Tuesday with North Korea saying it was on humanitarian grounds.

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The US Department of State warns against travel to North Korea. Warmbier's parents released a statement after his death on Monday.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in North Korea, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

Based in China, the touring company promises "adventure holidays"; trips like the one Warmbier took commonly include round-trip travel from Beijing, with several guides for groups of up to 24 tourists. He spent a year and a half in North Korea.

"A lot of bad things happened, but at least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition", Trump said Monday, reacting to Warmbier's death.

The statement appeared to contradict what White House spokesperson Sean Spicer had said minutes earlier when asked about North Korea and the Warmbier case at a press briefing.

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Just because savvy news consumers in the United States are comfortable assuming that Trump is merely talking trash doesn't mean that North Korea is.

Still, the president had expressed confidence that China would do its best to discipline North Korea through diplomatic pressure.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the USA should think about banning US citizens from visiting North Korea.

He said he strongly condemned the North's actions. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.

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