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Trump: we paid North Korea nothing for Warmbier's release

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:34 AM

The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017

MOURNING. This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows a mourner signing a guest book at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, during the funeral for Otto Warmbier. Photo from the Warmbier Family / AFP Handout / FAMILY HANDOUT / AFP

Trump sides with Kim on tortured American, sparking firestorm

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:17 AM

'[Kim Jong-un] tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word,' says US President Donald Trump

OTTO WARMBIER. A photo made available on March 17, 2016 shows Otto Warmbier at a court in Pyongyang, North Korea on March 16, 2016. File photo by KCNA

North Korea sued for 'killing' former detainee Otto Warmbier

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Cindy and Fred Warmbier says in the civil suit filed at Washington District Court that their son was imprisoned by North Korea after being forced to confess to stealing a poster while he was on a tourist visit in early February 2016

CIVIL SUIT. This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea slams Trump's 'sinister' State of the Union address

Feb 04, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The comments follow months of fiery rhetoric between the two countries

DECLINE. Relations between the two countries reached fresh lows last year as North Korea launched a series of missile tests with President Trump firing back. Photo by Rappler

North Korea accuses 'old lunatic' Trump of exploiting Warmbier death

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:59 PM

In a statement issued by the official KCNA news agency, North Korea's foreign ministry attacks the US for 'luring and pushing' the 22-year-old student into breaking the country's laws

This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

U.S. ban on North Korea travel comes into force

Sep 01, 2017 - 3:02 PM

On its website the State Department says it took the decision due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long term detention of US citizens

NORTH KOREA TRAVEL BAN. File photos by Jewel Samad and Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea says door remains 'open' for U.S. tourists

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:51 PM

We will always leave our door wide open to any US citizen who would like to visit our country out of good will says a spokesman for the North s foreign ministry

NORTH KOREA. Competitors run through Kim Il-Sung square during the Pyongyang Marathon in central Pyongyang on April 9, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. sets September 1 date for start of North Korea travel ban

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:24 PM

The US restriction states All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to in or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel

NORTH KOREA TRAVEL BAN. File photos by Jewel Samad and Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. bans travel to North Korea after Warmbier death

Jul 21, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Young Pioneer Tours and Koryo Tours say the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30 day grace period

NORTH KOREA. Competitors run through Kim Il-Sung square during the Pyongyang Marathon in central Pyongyang on April 9, 2017.  File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

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Jun 23, 2017 - 7:50 PM

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North Korea accuses U.S. of 'smear campaign' over student's death

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:04 PM

Our relevant agencies treat all criminals thoroughly in accordance with domestic laws and international standards says a spokesman of the National Reconciliation Council

WARMBIER. This picture taken and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 16, 2016 shows the trial of US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA/AFP

Tillerson urges China to put more pressure on North Korea

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:07 AM

UPDATED The extent to which Beijing can influence Pyongyang is a key issue in trying to defuse the North Korea crisis

SHOW OF FORCE. This April 15, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017 shows Korean People's ballistic missiles being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. KCNA via KNS/Handout/AFP

No autopsy for U.S. student detained by North Korea

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:40 PM

It s not uncommon to get autopsy objections Justin Weber of the Hamilton County coroner s office says It s the family s choice

This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

Warmbier death 'unimaginable' for former North Korea detainee

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Former North Korean detainee Kenneth Bae says he had always thought it was unimaginable that a US citizen could die in a North Korean prison

WARMBIER'S DEATH. This picture taken and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 16, 2016 shows the trial of US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

South Korean leader blames North for Warmbier death

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:35 PM

We cannot know for sure that North Korea killed Mr Warmbier but I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to his death South Korean President Moon Jae In says

WARMBIER. This picture taken and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 16, 2016 shows the trial of US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. AFP PHOTO / KCNA

U.S. student dies after release from North Korea

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Otto Warmbier the US student released in a coma last week after nearly 18 months in detention in North Korea dies

GONE SOON. This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS / AFP

U.S. student suffered 'extensive' brain damage in North Korea

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:31 PM

UPDATED Doctors say Otto Warmbier s neurological state is best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness

NEUROLOGICAL INJURY. This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. File photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea says U.S. student released 'on humanitarian grounds'

Jun 15, 2017 - 3:20 PM

But an analyst says Otto Warmbier s release on humanitarian grounds does not mean Pyongyang is admitting to any kind of maltreatment or health problems

 15 YEARS. A photo made available on March 17, 2016 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via Yonhap News Agency (YNA) shows Otto Warmbier (L), a 21-year-old US college student, at court in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2016. File photo by KCNA/EPA

American student released from North Korea prison arrives in U.S.

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The release of Warmbier 18 months into a 15 year sentence comes as US President Donald Trump invites South Korea s Moon Jae In to Washington for talks on the escalating standoff over the North s nuclear program

WARMBIER. This picture taken and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 16, 2016 shows the trial of US student Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA/AFP

Jailed U.S. student flown out of North Korea 'in coma'

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED He is on medivac flight on his way home Sadly he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016 says Otto Warmbier s parents

This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP

North Korea rules out US detainees' release over 'jabbering' Bae

Jun 20, 2016 - 4:40 PM

As long as Kenneth Bae continues jabbering there will be no negotiations on American criminals says the North s state run KCNA news agency

US warns Americans against travel to North Korea

May 17, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The State Department cites the serious risk of arrest and long term detention under North Korea s system of law enforcement

epa04856128 A North Korean soldier (R) stands guard as another solier (L) looks through binoculars toward South Korea at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, 22 July 2015. North Korea is believed to have erected a gantry at the station that is capable of firing long-range missiles twice the size of the 30-meter-long 'Unha-3', South Korean military and intelligence officials said on 22 July 2015. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

N. Korea releases CCTV footage of US student stealing banner

Mar 18, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The CCTV images do not show exactly what Otto Warmbier did after taking down the political banner and it is unclear if he attempted to take the banner out of the country

15 YEARS. A photo made available on March 17, 2016 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via Yonhap News Agency (YNA) shows Otto Warmbier (L), a 21-year-old US college student, at court in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2016. File photo by KCNA/EPA

North Korea sentences US student to 15 years hard labor

Mar 16, 2016 - 1:07 PM

UPDATED Otto Warmbier a 21 year old student from the University of Virginia is sentenced for subversive activities

This photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who is arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. KCNA/AFP