After Warmbier's death: Seoul urges North Korea to release additional detainees

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File). His parents created the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to advocate for the release of American hostages and to help keep journalists reporting in conflict zones safe.

During an event involving tech CEOs at the White House, #President Trump publicly denounced the death of Warmbier but was somewhat thankful that he was still able to make it home to his parents. The state department had then said that they would like to see the other three released soon, but it was not clear if a negotiation was underway.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. He was salutatorian of his high school class and was on the soccer team.

Hours after American university student Otto Warmbier passed away after being held captive by North Korea for 17 months, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang to free the American and South Korean citizens it is detaining.

"The treatment of Otto Warmbier is beyond the pale of North Korea's usual standards", said John Delury, an Asia expert at Seoul's Yonsei University.

Last week, Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, said his son had been "lured" into traveling to North Korea by Young Pioneer Tours and that the company had promised its customers were never detained. A month earlier, North Korea released another US citizen, Jeffrey Fowle, after detaining him for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the city of Chongjin.

McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

While in detention, he told a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan that he felt abandoned.

The spokesman for Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammaraco said the office "accepted the case" of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital.

His parents claim he was given "awful torturous mistreatment", according to the BBC.

Doctors last week declined to speculate on what may have caused Warmbier's condition.

After expressing his "deepest condolences" to Warmbier's family, the president had some choice words for the North Korean regime.

"Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organising tours for United States citizens to North Korea".

Others believe it is unlikely that North Korea intentionally harmed Warmbier because he was valuable as a political pawn.

The tour operator said it was denied any opportunity to meet him after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling".

In an interview with CNN conducted in Pyongyang in January 2016, Kim said he was arrested in October 2015 after spying on behalf of what he called "South Korean conservative elements" who approached him while he was working at a trading business in Rason, a city in northern North Korea near the Chinese border.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A public funeral service is planned Thursday at a high school attended by a 22-year-old college student who was held for almost a year and a half in North Korea and died shortly after he was sent home to OH in a coma.

Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. They did not cite a cause of death.

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