Coroner examining death of US student released by North Korea

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken with Warmbier's family and praised them as "incredible". "He should have been brought home a long time ago".

He said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" broadcast Tuesday that while it's not clear exactly what happened, there can be speculation that North Korea made "unjust and cruel treatments" to Warmbier.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who helped push for Warmbier's release, said the U.S. holds North Korea accountable for an unjust imprisonment. "The results would have been a lot different".

Miller, who returned home with Bae, was held captive in North Korea for several months after being convicted of entering the North illegally to commit espionage and sentenced to six years of hard labor.

What happened to Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died just days after North Korea released him from detention in a coma, is far more hard to make sense of.

Otto was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, and had been described by doctors who examined him last week on his return as having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for "hostile acts" after being accused of smuggling in inflammatory literature and trying to establish a base for anti-government activities at a border city hotel. The cause of death is still being investigated.

Warmbier went on to attend the University of Virginia in 2013.

Young Pioneer Tours said Tuesday on its Facebook page that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier shows that the risk American tourists face in visiting North Korea "has become too high".

Doctors who examined Otto Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system.

"The question is: do I think the past administration could have done more?"

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There are now three Americans in North Korea custody.

Group tours to North Korea that depart from China are expensive. Fred Warmbier, the student's father, has said he does not believe this account.

Warmbier's quick death suggested he was not in good health, Naidech and Shutter agreed.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.

But North Korea has also consistently lobbied Washington for specific concessions that would need deep negotiations, something recent US administrations have been reluctant to pursue because of the North's weapons programs.

The series of events took place just before President Moon was due to visit Washington for the first-ever summit with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on June 29-30, adding to elevating disputes on North Korea's nuclear program and an advanced USA anti-missile shield to be deployed here.

"Western prisoners are coveted as political bargaining chips in the North Korean system", says USA Today, and reports of physical mistreatment are rare. "If there are any US preconditions for the talks, the No. 1 priority has to be the release of the three other prisoners". A tragic example of North Korea's disregard for human life.

"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.

Join us from 12:30 2 p.m. today for a constructive conversation about North Korea, Otto Warmbier, the three other Americans still being held by Pyongyang, the threat of North Korea's nuclear program and USA policy toward both North and South Korea, where more than 28,000 USA military personnel remain stationed.

North Korea's first official statement came shortly after his return to the U.S., saying he was released for humanitarian reasons.