South Korea president criticizes North on death

South Korea president criticizes North on death

Preliminary findings from the autopsy of a University of Virginia student who was held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months will be released on Tuesday or Wednesday, the office of the OH coroner performing the examination said.

Upon his arrival in the US, Warmbier was taken immediately to the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, where doctors said that two M.R.I. scans sent by the North Koreans indicated that he had sustained a catastrophic brain injury shortly after his conviction. Justin Weber told The Associated Press on Tuesday morning that a press conference is expected later to provide details.

They believe their son's critical condition and death were caused by what they called "the very bad, torturous treatment he'd received" under the North Korean regime, after it sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a political poster from a hotel while on holiday. They say he had severe brain damage but they don't know what caused it.

Warmbier was returned to OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

Warmbier was detained as he was leaving Pyongyang in January 2016, and was subsequently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on the grounds that he attempted to steal a banner containing political slogans. His family said last week they were told he had been a coma since soon after his March 2016 sentencing.

The younger Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

North Korea is also holding Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim.

He said that if Trump could resolve the North Korean nuclear issue as well as bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and overall greater security in northeastern Asia, it would probably be the US president's greatest diplomatic achievement.

An initial inspection of the student's body has found no marks of physical injury, nor have U.S. doctors found any evidence that he had contracted botulism.

Three other Americans are still imprisoned in North Korea, accused of crimes against the Pyongyang regime.

The U.S. State Department warns against travel to North Korea.

At the meeting, North Korea agreed that Swedish diplomats could visit all four American detainees.

North Korea has claimed Warmbier was in a comatose state for more than a year and asserted the USA detainee was released last week on "humanitarian grounds".

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement the Kim Jong Un regime "murdered" Warmbier, and that the United States should "not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers".

"There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result", Young Pioneer Tours said in a statement on its website.

Asked about the United States and other countries possibly imposing wider sanctions on North Korea, he replied: "My country has been under sanctions for more than 60 years by Americans".

Earlier reports said the USA citizen was unresponsive when he was released after spending 17 months behind the bars under Kim Jong Un's regime for allegedly stealing a political banner in January 2016. He was in a coma when the North Koreans released him in June after serving 17 months in prison. He said he was kept isolated most of the time but not physically abused.

It jars so strikingly with the fates of most past detained Americans that outside observers are left struggling not only with the mystery of what killed Warmbier but also with what his death means for attempts by Washington and its allies to stop North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can target the USA mainland.

He was returned to the U.S. last Tuesday, with North Korea saying it was on humanitarian grounds.

It is believed that North Korea has been using the detentions as a bargaining chip in its negotiations with Washington.