McCain: Americans 'stupid' to travel to North Korea

Herbert Rhodes
June 21, 2017

Trump said he had spoken with Warmbier's parents, telling reporters in the Oval Office that it was "incredible what they've gone through".

"It's unsafe", Corker said, adding that the "trumped up charges" like those Warmbier was accused of "can continue to happen".

Senator John McCain said overnight that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame should they be harmed while there. When asked if he thought the last administration could've done more to bring back his son, Fred Warmbier said, "The results speak for themselves".

Among the many questions is: Why did he die so soon in America after 17 months in a coma in North Korea with its limited medical resources?

Warmbier's parents haven't cited a cause of death, but "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States a week ago, suffering from severe brain damage. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, but was brought back to the USA in June. During a study-abroad trip to Hong Kong, he toured North Korea for five days, and was convicted of stealing a propaganda poster.

John Delury, a North Korea expert based in Seoul, called last week for the US government to work with China to cancel group tours to North Korea until Kim's regime gives a "full accounting" of the Warmbier case, apologizes to his family and releases the three other Americans it's known to be holding.

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China-based Koryo Tours, which has been going to North Korea since 1993 and takes about 2,000 tourists there a year, said the tragedy had prompted it to reconsider taking United States citizens to the North.

"We can make speculations that there were many unjust and cruel treatments to Mr. Warmbier", he said.

Warmbier, an OH native, was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while visiting as a tourist.

Senator McCain also slammed North Korea saying, "Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime".

As the Trump administration works to secure their release and thwart the North's nuclear and missile program, it will have to weigh pushing the regime too far on bringing these three men home.

North Korea has claimed Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced previous year, saying he had contracted botulism and been given a sleeping pill.

Warmbier was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea during President Barack Obama's time in office, though North Korea only informed the U.S. of Warmbier's medical condition earlier this month.

Warmbier died on Monday. He also said the State Department was "mulling additional advisories" against travel to the rogue nation, but no such warnings have yet emerged.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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