Donald Trump has criticised North Korea's "brutal regime" following the death of United States student Otto Warmbier, who Pyongyang sent home in a coma last week after 17 months in jail. Justin Weber told The Associated Press a press conference is expected later to provide more information.
Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the U.N.in Geneva, speaking in his first interview since taking up the post in February, declined to comment specifically about Warmbier's case or the fate of other American, South Korean and Canadian detainees still held by his country. They say he had severe brain damage but they don't know what caused it.
The couple confirmed yesterday that Warmbier had died while being treated at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and claimed he had been the victim of "awful, torturous mistreatment" in North Korea.
16 March 2016 - Mr Warmbier goes on trial in Pyongyang where he confesses to stealing a propaganda poster, and is sentenced to 15 years of hard labour. His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing. He was leaving North Korea on 2 January, 2016, when he was detained at the airport.
"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists".
North Korea also is a state-sponsor of global terrorism.
Three other U.S. nationals are still being held by the Kim Jong-un administration.
Warmbier's father last week praised the Trump administration for bringing his son home and criticized the Obama administration's approach, saying the family heeded the USA government's initial advice to take a low profile "without result". Doctors in Cincinnati said they found no active sign of botulism or evidence of beatings.
The North Koreans blamed his state on botulism. "Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high". John McCain said Tuesday that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the USA government of any blame should they be harmed while there.
He was detained in May 2017 on suspicion of "hostile acts" against North Korea.
North Korea has claimed Warmbier was in a comatose state for more than a year and asserted the US detainee was released last week on "humanitarian grounds".
Bae went home in November 2014 after a secret mission by the US intelligence chief at the time, James Clapper, secured his release, as well as that of Mathew Miller, another American detainee. They did not cite a specific cause of death.
After 17 months of detention, the North Korean government last week handed the 22-year-old over to US authorities in a vegetative state.
However, his fellow detainee Korean-American tour guide Kenneth Bae, who spent almost two years in a North Korean prison camp for "hostile acts", was more ambiguous about his experience.
It is believed that North Korea has been using the detentions as a bargaining chip in its negotiations with Washington. Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a com.
Kim, who is in his 50s, previously worked at China's Yanbian University of Science and Technology (YUST), on the Chinese border with North Korea.
"It's just tough for me to have much sympathy for this guy and his crocodile tears", Wilmore said.