Martedì, 23 Gennaio, 2018

North Korea denies torturing USA detainee Otto Warmbier

Warmbier is taken to North Korea's top court in Pyongyang North Korea China working to ease N. Korea situation
Parmenio Sano | 23 Giugno, 2017, 23:06

Otto Warmbier, the American college student who spent 17 months in detention in North Korea, died on June 19, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his family said in a statement.

"I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times", Volo told ABC News. Later that day, that's when we found out he was ill. "I was in tears".

For his part, Tillerson doubled down on the current strategy, saying both the us and China agreed to stop doing business with United Nations -sanctioned North Koreans.

Although Tillerson had rejected the idea of negotiating with North Korea during his visit to its southern counterpart in March 2017, it is also becoming increasingly clear that the United States are running out of options when it comes to keeping the former's supremo Kim Jong Un's nuclear threats in check.

Rodman wished "all the prayer and love" to Warmbier's family, adding, "I didn't know that he was sick". "We reiterated to China that it has a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region". North Korea previously said that shortly after his conviction Warmbier contracted botulism, a bacteria commonly associated with food poisoning, and was given a sleeping pill.

Upon his return to the U.S., doctors who examined Warmbier said the former University of Virginia student had incurred significant brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". Warmbier's death is "an outrage even by North Korean standards", John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, told Bloomberg News.

Warmbier died on Monday.

Warmbier's family have declined a post-mortem examination. He had been accused of stealing a propaganda poster and was serving a sentence of hard labor.


Even if Trump bans USA tourism to North Korea, Schiff said legislation is still needed to impose financial penalties on firms that coordinate travel there.

But the move has angered China, which says the system's powerful radar will look deep into its territory and undermine regional security.

"He just lived life with such a zest and a passion that I haven't really ever experienced in somebody before", Warmbier's childhood friend Chris Colloton told the Cincinnati Inquirer newspaper. "So you can always use American hostages as leverage".

"We've seen over the past several years an abundance of tour programs that are facilitating what can best be called adventure travel to go to North Korea", Schiff said. "It takes weeks to prepare such a test".

China has tightened controls on trade in North Korean coal, but many doubt it will fully enforce any sanctions that might threaten the stability of its unpredictable neighbour.

"They kept using that word in a meeting with me", Revere said.

In April, the Warmbier family made a decision to break their silence.

Japan is an important partner in the effort to resolve the North Korean crisis but Tokyo's refusal to fully own up to its wartime past, its claims to the disputed islands between the two countries as well as its growing military spending are concerning, Moon said. "They're so happy now, because it's more like, it's civilized again".

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