McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to NKorea

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Doctors said he returned with severe brain damage, but they were not sure what caused it.

North Korea said he had been in a coma for a year after contracting botulism but his family say he was subjected to "awful torturous mistreatment".

In a White House meeting with visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, Trump criticized the way Warmbier's case was handled in the year since his arrest, appearing to assail both North Korea and his predecessor, U.S. President Barack Obama.

The family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treating him, but said: 'Unfortunately, the very bad 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 release came amid mounting tensions following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang, in an arms buildup that Washington has dubbed "a clear and present danger to all".

Warmbier had visited the country in January 2016 and was imprisoned after surveillance cameras captured footage of him trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel.

During Warmbier's painful stay in North Korea, he was reportedly in a coma.

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

In April, the House overwhelmingly approved H.R. 479 and H.Res. 92 which seek to condemn North Korean actions while adding this rogue nation to the formal list of state sponsors of terror.

"It's a disgrace what happened to Otto ..." "If it's under the, again, under the right circumstances". His family said it was told he had been in a coma since soon after his sentencing.

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

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He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

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 USA license.

The U.S. side is expected to press China to cooperate on a further toughening of global sanctions on North Korea. A Washington DC-based non-profit group tied Warmbier's fate to many others "starved, tortured, brutalized and killed in North Korea's political prison camps".

"It really is a tragedy".

The Trump statement about China was likely to increase pressure on Beijing ahead of a U.S. More than 15 months after he gave a staged confession in North Korea, he is with.

The U.S. doesn't now prohibit its passports from being used to travel to any countries, even though financial restrictions limit to Cuba and elsewhere.

Trump said he spoke to Warmbier's family. Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released to his home state of OH on Tuesday in a coma. "Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died", his parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier wrote Monday.

"Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime", the Arizona Republican said in a statement released late Monday.

Three more U.S. citizens are now being held by North Korea.

North Korea said last month that it was its sovereign right to "ruthlessly punish" U.S. citizens it had detained for crimes against the state.