SKorea's Moon: North Korea Has 'Heavy Responsibility' in Warmbier's Death

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Three Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release of 22-year-old OH native Otto Warmbier, who died Monday after returning to the U.S.in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" last week.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken with Warmbier's family and praised them as "incredible".

Trump adds, "he should have been brought home a long time ago".

In a separate written statement, Trump says, "Otto's fate deepens my Administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

He said the form would require Americans to affirm they're aware of what's transpired to other USA citizens, such as Warmbier, whom the senator said was "murdered" by the North.

The US student held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died a week after returning home.

"The terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", Warmbier's parents said after their son's death. Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor. The Washington Post reports that the Senate has been resistant to imposing such restrictions but might do so in the aftermath of Warmbier's death.

Mr Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia when he travelled in a group to Pyongyang.

US college student Otto Warmbier died Monday, days after his release from North Korea. "It's just something I think in the Western world we just can't understand, we just can't grasp, the evilness behind that dictatorship".

North Korea is also holding Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim.

The worldwide community must now recognize the reality that North Korea is a human rights black hole for both foreigners and citizens.

"This makes dealing with Kim Jong Un so toxic", Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, said of Warmbier's death. Even before Warmbier's release and death, Moon and Trump were scheduled to coordinate on North Korea during their meetings.

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests. According to Warmbier's parents, he was physically abused by the North Koreans. He lived in South Korea and commuted (he has dual citizenship), but one day he was accused of spying and detained.

Asked if the death would have an impact on high-level U.S.

"He was a very diligent, hard-working man determined to help people in North Korea", David Kim, a classmate, told CNN. 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.

"We can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr Warmbier, but I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to his death", the president added.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has the authority to cut off travel to North Korea with the stroke of the pen, has been weighing such a move since late April, when American teacher Tony Kim was detained in Pyongyang, a senior State Department official said.

Similarly, Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin said "Otto is dead because of Kim Jong-un's repressive, murderous regime", and North Korea "must be held accountable for their continued barbaric behavior".

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