Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies

Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies

Otto Warmbier, American Student Released From North Korea, Dies

Otto Warmbier was 22.

The death of USA student Otto Warmbier following his incarceration in North Korea has shaken tour companies catering to thrill seekers, with several reconsidering whether to take Americans to the reclusive state.

Warmbier was "generous, outgoing, sweet, smart as a whip, just an overall good guy", Danica White, his sophomore English teacher, recalled last week. Ann Thompson of member station WVXU in Cincinnati has been covering this story.

His death "reflects a reality that the North Korean people know all too well: the Kim family leadership... will not hesitate to brutalise and kill to maintain their hold on power", it said in a statement.

Young Pioneer Tours, the travel company that took Warmbier to North Korea, has said it will no longer take U.S. citizens into the country because "the risk is too high". He died six days later in his home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, with US President Donald Trump blaming Pyongyang's "brutal regime" for his plight. The team of doctors who saw Otto after he arrived to the USA say that he had no sign of botulism.

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The statement said the family Warmbier, he passed away at 14.20 (21.20 Kiev) medical center in Cincinnati. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed - he was at peace.

His father, Fred, lashed out at North Korea last week, telling a news conference, "there is no excuse for any civilised nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long".

South Korean President Moon Jae-In has sent a letter of condolences to Warmbier's family.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson says he's saddened and angry about the death of an American college student from OH who was released by North Korea in a coma last week. The scans were taken in April and July of 2016, and USA doctors say they found no evidence of physical trauma.

He was arrested, according to North Korean media, for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan.

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CORNISH: President Trump spoke about Otto Warmbier's death this afternoon. Yun then was dispatched to North Korea and visited Warmbier June 12 with two doctors and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds. A lot of bad things happened.

CORNISH: What's been the reaction from officials in the state?

"There has still been nearly no information disclosed about his period in detention", the company said in its Facebook statement.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he and his wife are deeply saddened by the death of "this remarkable young Ohioan".

Haley said while Warmbiers memory will always be a blessing to his family, "it will also serve as an indelible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship".

Otto Warmbier, US student freed from North Korea, dies
The University of Virginia, where Warmbier was student when he was arrested , said he would be "missed by all those who knew him". Still, opponents will question whether such negotiations may give the North more time to expand its nuclear weapons program.

CORNISH: That's Ann Thompson of member station WVXU. "Thank goodness your family had a little time with you before the end".

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