The China-based travel agency that organized a trip to North Korea for an American college student who died after being released in a coma from North Korean detention said it would no longer take US citizens to the country.
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that it was "a total disgrace" that American college student Otto Warmbier died just days after he was released from North Korea in a coma after a long detention.
The Ohio coroner examining the death of a University of Virginia student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months expects to share preliminary findings of the autopsy on Tuesday or Wednesday, her office said.
In an interview with CBS News, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that while it's not clear if North Korea killed Warmbier, they have "heavy responsibility".
"It's a disgrace what happened to Otto".
Warmbier's doctors say he had severe brain damage but they don't know what caused it.
Trump called the situation a "disgrace" and is now facing calls for the United States to respond to North Korea for its role in Warmbier's death. It's unclear exactly how many Americans go to North Korea every year.
A coroner hasn't reached a conclusion about the cause of death for a 22-year-old American college student who died in Cincinnati less than a week after he was released from North Korea in a coma. "The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists".
The North Korean government said Warmbier contracted botulism shortly after his imprisonment and became comatose after taking a sleeping pill. "It's a brutal regime - but we'll be able to handle it", said the President.
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The harsh judgement sparked outrage - but the North Korean dictator said the punishment fit the crime.
"Well if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died", his parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier wrote Monday. He was convicted less than two months later and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
China-based Young Pioneer Tours said the "tragic outcome" of Otto Warmbier's trip for its decision.
"The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated", officials with Young Pioneer Tours said Monday. He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions.
"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea". If a passport ban were placed on North Korea, an American who violated it could face a fine and up to 10 years in prison for a first offense.
Many politicians and public figures have responded to his parents' announcement, offering their sympathies and condemning the actions of North Korea.
"Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea". His family believes he was tortured into a vegetative state.
The tour company that organized a University of Virginia student's fateful trip to North Korea has announced that it will no longer take United States citizens to the hermit kingdom. Still, opponents will question whether such negotiations may give the North more time to expand its nuclear weapons program.
Asked whether Trump would still consider meeting with Kim Jong Un - as he previously said he would be willing to do, given the right conditions - Spicer said: "Clearly, we're moving further away, not closer, to those conditions being met".