A funeral for Otto will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m.at his former high school Wyoming High School, located at 106 Pendery Ave. In the regime's hour-long trial of Warmbier, they accused him of planning to trade the poster to Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, in exchange for a used vehicle.
'The bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today, ' Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement.
Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton said USA officials are "going to give the DPRK/North Korea issue top priority in our discussions, aiming to advance concrete cooperation with China towards a peaceful resolution of the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea".
The South Korean government will make every effort for the return of those held in North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a briefing. "We're still considering our options".
She said it was rare to go somewhere on campus with Warmbier without him running into someone that he knew.
Suffering from severe brain damage, he died Monday in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, surrounded by family who decried his "awful torturous mistreatment" at the hands of Pyongyang, while taking solace in the fact he made it home before he died.
It is still not yet clear what the next step will be in addressing the North Korean threat, but relations between Beijing and Washington appear to be stable enough. However, he was arrested while trying to board a plane on January 2, 2016 and charged with "hostile acts against the state" for allegedly attempting to take down a large propaganda sign lauding the regime at his hotel in Pyongyang.
"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto".
He is the first American to die after being released from North Korean custody in half a century.
Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says he had a secret meeting in December with North Korean officials to urge that they release a college student from his Cincinnati home area. He was sentenced two months later to 15 years of hard labor for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, the nation's state media said. Tillerson said North Korea was the "top security threat" to the US.
His family believes he was tortured into a vegetative state.
"We plead with the USA government, the global community, and leadership in North Korea to value human lives".
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