Sabato, 22 Settembre, 2018

McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to NKorea

Messalina Adamo | 21 Giugno, 2017, 09:07

Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.

Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised the issue on MSNBC: "Examining the travel implications and the fact that Americans do end up caught up in this situation, and should there be a travel ban for U.S. citizens going there relative to this?"

Tuesday's bomber flight is just the latest demonstration of USA military might in recent months aimed at sending a message to North Korea and its leader Kim Jong Un - and the sixth B-1 bomber flight conducted by the United States since April 1. Han Tae Song, North Korea's ambassador to the 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. "It's worth a forceful response". Warmbier, who serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts in North Korea, was released to his home state of OH on Tuesday in a coma. "It's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it".

It may never be known, but there are some clues - as well as widespread speculation. A North Korean kangaroo court sentenced Warmbier to 15 years forced labor after he was caught moving a political banner from his hotel.

"This had happened while Mr. Warmbier was in the detention of North Korean authorities", Moon Jae-in said Tuesday. He told Bloomberg in May that he'd be open to meeting Kim under the right conditions. The U.N. expert said his crime of stealing an item bearing a propaganda slogan seemed "disproportionate" to the 15-year prison term.

Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but it wasn't clear what caused it. Drinking is a theme too and the company's Yangshuo, China, office that specializes in North Korea doubles as a bar.

Warmbier was leaving North Korea on January 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport.

Young Pioneer Tours was founded in 2008 by Gareth Johnson, a 36-year-old British man who has a large red tattoo on his left arm showing the Communist hammer and sickle that - along with a calligraphy brush - are the emblem of North Korea's ruling party. "And then, as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear program".

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer noted administrations have struggled with finding a solution to North Korea's human rights violations over the course of the past 20 years, adding he thinks working with China is the best way handle worldwide relations with the country.

The last thing conservatives want, the argument goes, is curious American tourists talking with citizens and undercutting decades of propaganda that assures North Koreans that they are the envy of the world.

"If anything, this has even strengthened our argument", said the diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to address a USA policy matter. "You've got to capitalize on this, and influence their internal debates to get them to recognize and acknowledge what happened". "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2.20pm", Fred and Cindy Warmbier wrote in a statement on Monday. A tragic example of North Korea's disregard for human life. "And I believe there are voices supporting such a step-by-step approach even within the United States". About 17 USA citizens have been detained in the past 10 years, including the three Americans who remain imprisoned there.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is investigating Warmbier's death. Many lawmakers and analysts say the next step has to be sanctioning Chinese companies that do business with North Korea.

"Extremely safe!" So read the guidance for North Korea on the website of Young Pioneer Tours when Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old American student, signed up for a five-day trip to North Korea in December 2015.

Whether North Korea will actually respond to pressure or talks is unclear.


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