Trump says 'we have a great relationship with China' after critical tweet

Elias Hubbard
June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump slammed Warmbier's detention and eventual death as "a total disgrace".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Warmbier's death after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a "total disgrace" and that if the college student had been returned home to the US earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different". Sadly, he recently died on American soil as a result of the harsh treatment in North Korea.

However, on the eve of a high-level meeting with China, Pyongyang's largest trade partner and closest ally, the Trump administration has sounded a more cautious note, saying that they hold North Korea responsible for Warmbier's death but giving no indication of how they will respond. "They are hoping the Canadian government will turn (efforts) up a few notches in terms of active diplomacy and really start engaging". "We're still considering our options".

The Hamilton County coroner is trying to determine the cause of Warmbier's death Monday.

China and the U.S. agree that North Korea's nuclear program represents a major threat to peace and security and has called for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the USA secretaries of state and defense said after meeting their Chinese colleagues.

"We reiterated to China that they have 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 Korean officials told USA envoys that Mr Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

Portman said sanctions against North Korea should be tightened, WVXU reports.

Trump has condemned the "brutality" of the North Korean regime. Each year, hundreds of Americans travel to the East Asian country in search of adventure, putting American national-security interests in peril.

"There is no way we can look at a situation like this with any kind of understanding".

"We will remember Otto's finest qualities long after today", she said.

The framework for a travel ban is already in place.

Under their proposal, the Treasury Department would be ordered to prohibit all financial transactions related to travel to North Korea by Americans, unless specifically authorized by a US license.

We can not allow Americans to keep traveling to North Korea un-penalized.

Schiff was among many lawmakers who deemed Warmbier's death a "murder", echoing Arizona Republican Sen.

In a letter notifying Congress of the move, Trump wrote that the "existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula" together with the "provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions" of the Pyongyang regime "continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States".

Referring to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, she added, "the secretary has the authority to do it, he just has not come to a conclusion about how this would potentially work".

The South Korean leader stressed that it is necessary to be patient when it comes to the North Korean issue, Sputnik reported.

A third American, Kim Dong-chul, has been detained since 2015.

The world found out Warmbier was in a coma when he was released June 13 after almost 17 months of detention.

Warmbier visited North Korea in January 2016 on a sightseeing tour.

The exact cause of Warmbier's death is unclear.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH examined the 22-year-old's body after his death Monday, and honored his family's wish not to have an autopsy.

Tony Kim had spent a month in North Korea teaching accounting at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (P.U.S.T.) and was about to leave the country when he was arrested, Chan-Mo Park, chancellor of the university, told the media.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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