US coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

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U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, was returned to his family in a coma last week after being released by Kim Jong-un's officials for "humanitarian reasons".

"President Moon Jae-in expressed regrets after hearing the news of [Otto] Warmbier's death", presidential office spokesman Park Soo-hyun told reporters in comments carried by Yonhap News Agency.

In what may be a possible criticism against his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump said, "If he were brought home sooner, I think the result would have been a lot different".

"It's a total disgrace, what happened to Otto".

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have been at an all time high since Trump was sworn into office.

"The results speak for themselves", the student's father said last week. He had arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

The tragic death of 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier from unexplained injuries suffered during 17 months of detention in North Korea, shows the true face of that country's government.

The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to take a propaganda poster while touring North Korea.

Spicer said the USA is continuing to work with China to apply pressure on North Korea and said the United States has seen "positive movement" with China.

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"North Korea's isolation posed unique challenges, but we worked through every avenue available to us - including through the Swedish, our protecting power, as well as through our representatives in NY - to secure the release of Mr. Warmbier", he said, adding that at least 10 Americans were freed from North Korea under Obama. Their commitment did mean the release of 10 Americans from North Korean custody while Obama was president.

Warmbier's parents have hinted they were disappointed by the Obama administration's response to Warmbier's disappearance.

"They just murdered him", McCain said.

In a statement, he said: "Otto's fate deepens my administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

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 Korean officials have said that Warmbier went into a coma not long after his incarceration, when he took a sleeping bill after a bout of botulism, a rare and potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

Doctors said he suffered "severe injuries to all areas" of his brain while he was held in North Korea.

On Capitol Hill, calls to crack down on to the rogue state already are being made.