China tour agency says won't take more U.S. tourists to NKorea

China tour agency says won't take more U.S. tourists to NKorea

"This had happened while Mr. Warmbier was in the detention of North Korean authorities", Moon said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that Pyongyang had "a heavy responsibility" in the death of a USA university student. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm.

He was in a coma when the North Koreans released him in June after serving 18 months in prison.

Then, on June 6, State Department special representative Joseph Yun learned of Warmbier's deteriorating health in a meeting with North Korean UN Mission Ambassador Pak Kil-yon in New York City, the senior State Department official said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been unable to pursue the engagement with the North he favors because of a string of North Korean missile tests. Young Pioneer Tours, which also organises travel to former Soviet gulags, Chernobyl and Iran (or, "destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from", as it brags), says it will no longer take Americans to North Korea.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., left, confers with Sen.

"The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim".

Young Pioneer Tours said Tuesday on its Facebook page that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea "has become too high".

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati do no know caused Warmbier's severe brain damage.

Right before our bus trip to the resort in North Korea, a prominent South Korean historian told me that the dialogue between North and South was having an important hidden effect - allowing South Korean academics like him to interact with counterparts in the North, where he had encountered a significant technocratic class with a clearer and more pragmatic view of the world and North Korea's place in it.

Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness."Moon said that while "we can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr. Warmbier".

He says it is not known when Mr Warmbier had fallen into his coma and that there must be a suspicion it was quite recently, as the United States was only told at the beginning of this month about his health situation.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the US should think about banning USA citizens from visiting North Korea. Analysts say his death will likely cast a shadow on relations between the USA and North Korea and compound efforts by South Korea's new liberal president, Moon Jae-in, to improve ties with the North.

Following Warmbier's death, the tour group that arranged his trip to North Korea said it would no longer take Americans into the isolated country. Within weeks, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

Otto Frederick Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who has been detained in North Korea since early January, attends a news conference in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo February 29, 2016.

Otto Warmbier lands in Cincinnati Ohio, Jun. 13, 2017, after 17 months of being held in North Korea.

But American tourists make up only a small fraction of visitors to North Korea, whose tourism industry is dominated by visitors from China, its main economic partner.

Kim Jong-Un's regime claimed Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced a year ago, and that he had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill.

"The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier's life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists", it said in a statement.

The United States, South Korea and others have accused North Korea of using foreign detainees has hostages to secure diplomatic concessions.

Otto Warmbier, 22, was sentenced to 15 years hard labour for stealing a political poster.