Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Warmbier's death looms over US-China talks on North Korea today


The U.S. and China began high-level security talks Wednesday focused largely on North Korea, amid outrage in Washington over death of an American college student after his imprisonment in the North.

Warmbier's funeral will be held at Wyoming High School - located in the city of Wyoming, a suburb of Cincinnati - from which he graduated in 2013.

The Trump administration is considering banning travel by USA citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as outrage grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier and President Donald Trump declared it a "total disgrace". Like student Otto Warmbier, he visited North Korea with a tour group and was taken into custody at the airport when trying to leave.

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President Donald Trump has been counting on China to use its economic leverage with the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as American concern grows over the North's acceleration toward having a nuclear missile that can strike the USA mainland.

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From the White House to Capitol Hill, pressure mounted for a tough United States response, even as USA diplomats sought to protect others Americans from facing a similar fate.

The company had previously taken two other Americans on a student exchange in Hong Kong to North Korea, co-founder Rubio Chan told CNN on Tuesday.

Trump has been posting cryptic tweets about China and North Korea ahead of a meeting between Washington and Beijing officials.

Multiple US officials told CNN they are checking on what the President meant in his latest tweet about how China's efforts in North Korea have "not worked out".

Anger over Otto Warmbier's fate continued to build Tuesday, with lawmakers declaring his death a "murder" and calling for travel restrictions to North Korea while the Trump administration considered how to respond. Several senators said they were considering a travel ban. The bill would require the Treasury to issue regulations requiring a license for transactions related to travel to, from and within North Korea by USA citizens - and bar licenses for tourist travel.

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Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest USA step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect United States citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there. In the House, lawmakers lined up behind legislation from Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat, and Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican.

Also Tuesday, the US flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula. No licenses would be issued for tourism.

Doctors say he had severe brain damage but they don't know what caused it.

Beijing, which wants resumed USA negotiations with North Korea, was hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. "And then, as a second phase, try to achieve the complete dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear program", Moon said during the interview.

Warmbier's parents - Fred and Cindy - said that they had not been informed about their son's state and they had learned of this only one week ago before his release.

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"Once he started working with Otto, he couldn't wait to go", Cain said.

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