McCain: Travelers to N Korea should sign waiver

They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas". The U.S. government says North Korea is using such detainees as political pawns.

Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor, convicted of subversion after he tearfully confessed he had tried to steal a North Korean propaganda banner.

"All those that wish to join his family in celebrating his life are cordially invited", said the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. He was salutatorian of his 2013 class at a highly rated high school and was on the soccer team.

"It's unlikely that Washington and Seoul will let Warmbier's death entirely derail their efforts at talks because North Korea's nuclear weapons program is such a serious and immediate threat", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.

Other well-known North Korea tour operators, including Koryo Tours, founded by British expatriates in Beijing, and Uri Tours, with offices in New Jersey and Shanghai, said this week that they were "reviewing" their policies for American citizens ahead of a possible travel ban that has been mooted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati.

North Korea must bear "heavy responsibility" for Warmbier's death, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the U.S. government of any blame if they're harmed while there.

"There should at least be a form for them to fill out that says, 'If I go to North Korea, I understand I am taking great risk and I do not hold the American government responsible".

But North Korea has also consistently lobbied Washington for specific concessions that would need deep negotiations, something recent US administrations have been reluctant to pursue because of the North's weapons programs.

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McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, spent a month teaching accounting at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) before he was detained at Pyongyang International Airport in April 2017 while trying to leave the country. They did not cite a specific cause of death.

Doctors said Warmbier suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs. Now, the assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high.

China, North Korea's longtime communist ally and biggest source of economic and diplomatic assistance, provides the largest numbers of tourists to the country by far.

Young Pioneer Tours, which was founded by British expatriate Gareth Johnson, said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was 'appalling'.

The travel agency specializes in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.

Otto Warmbier died at the age of 22 in a Cincinnati hospital on Monday, just days after the North Korean government sent him home in a coma and suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the USA doctors who treated him.

"Our deepest sympathies are with Otto Warmbier and those who loved him". He arrived in OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had spoken with Warmbier's family and praised them as "incredible".

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