Trump administration pushing China on North Korea

Elias Hubbard
June 25, 2017

Warmbier, 22, died on Monday after returning home to Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13 - the day of Rodman's visit - in a coma and with severe brain damage.

But speaking to ABC news, the controversial basketball ex-player said: "I was just so happy to see the kid released". He now works as a private consultant for American families, using his contacts in North Korea to try to bring home detained loved ones. Warmbier, who was in a coma at the time of his release, died just days after his return to the United States.

Following Wednesday's dialogue, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said such talks "provide an opportunity to consider how we're going to engage and how we're going to live with one another over the next 40 years. Some good things came of this trip".

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses", the spokesman said.

In a statement on Friday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected Washington's claims that Warmbier had been provided with proper medical treatment, saying North Korea was also puzzled why the student died right after arriving in the United States.

The two sides also "reaffirm the importance of building mutual understanding, and of reducing the risk of miscalculation between our two militaries", said the statement.

The tour group, which was founded by British expat Gareth Johnson, also tried to reassure other travelers by explaining that these tours to North Korea are not just created to be rebellious.

Rodman said on "Good Morning America" as he choked back tears.

Terry made note of the fact that four days after Warmbier was arrested, on January 6, 2016, the North Koreans conducted their fourth nuclear test.

Sue Mi Terry, a senior research scholar at Columbia University who served as a senior analyst on North Korea for the Central Intelligence Agency from 2001 to 2008, said the North Koreans can see American hostages as a "bargaining chip".

"By the time they arrested Otto, they knew they were going to have a nuclear weapons test", Terry said. "We gave him the best treatment until we sent him back to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons considering his deteriorating health", North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement by its spokesperson that was released on June 23. "They're so happy now, because it's more like... it's civilized again".

Unlike North Korea, Russia - or the Soviet Union before it dissolved - has never really been a natural enemy of the United States.

Meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the White House on Thursday, Trump said he looked forward to meeting with Xi in Hamburg and visiting China.

University of DE professor says Otto Warmbier "got what he deservered".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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