McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to N. Korea

Posted June 22, 2017

The White House is considering banning USA citizens from traveling to North Korea in the wake of 22 year-old college student Otto Warmbier's death. The American prisoner he brought home, Otto Warmbier, had been in a coma for most of the 17 months he spent incarcerated in the North. The US will "continue to work with them and others to put the appropriate pressure on North Korea to change the behavior of this regime", Spicer said. "I think there's some positive steps that they've taken, both at the United Nations and economically, to help strengthen the case against North Korea".

Spokesperson Geng Shuang from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Chinese government hoped the USA and North Korea would be able to handle the incident "properly".

Ojea-Quintana had called on Pyongyang on Friday to explain why Warmbier was in a coma when he was returned home after being denied access to legal and consular services.

The president extended this train of thought Tuesday and tweeted, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out". Japan says at least several dozen of its nationals are being held in the country.

Trump's blunt tweet thrusts the typically off-the-cuff President - who cast himself as America's greatest deal-maker during the 2016 campaign - into the perilously sensitive arena of global diplomacy. "Frankly, this company is run by some hard-drinking dudes and the culture of their tours is infused with that", said an anonymous source to the Washington Post. "And then, as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear programme".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday offered few details about how the USA plans to respond to the death of Warmbier, promising only that the U.S. will "continue to apply economic and political pressure" to change North Korea's behavior. "So I believe President Trump went much further than I did".

Nauert stressed that the State Department issued a travel warning for North Korea that lays out the dangers.

"The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim".

While visiting the hermit state in 2016, Warmbier was jailed for trying to steal a propaganda poster.

Also, doctors at the medical centre, where he was treated, said that he suffered from "unresponsive wakefulness" due to "severe neurological injury".

A tour agency that took Mr Warmbier into North Korea before he was detained for 18 months has said it will stop taking Americans into the reclusive state.

Mr Warmbier's parents, from OH, did not cite a specific cause of death, but cited "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

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.

The US was already prepping additional sanctions against North Korea, in case it needed them.

North Korea will dominate Moon's June 29-30 summit with Trump.

"I think we'll continue to apply that". The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.