Defense Secretary Jim Mattis vowed at the same press conference to "continue to take necessary measures to defend ourselves and our allies" against North Korea, which is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US. It would also ban any form of tourist travel by Americans.
WYOMING, Ohio - Thousands of friends and family members gathered in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after being returned to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.
While Trump has heaped praise on Xi for trying to contain North Korea, which counts on China for some 90 percent of its trade, the effort has delivered few results.
The circumstances of his detention and what medical treatment he received in North Korea remain unknown. The Trump administration is considering banning travel by US citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, and Trump declared Warmbier's treatment a "total disgrace". Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, but was sent home to OH on June 13 in a coma, dying days after his release, after spending 17 months in captivity.
Pyongyang's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the USA president was in a "tough situation" at home and claimed he was toying with the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea to divert attention from a domestic political crisis.
Korean-Americans Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song, who worked at the foreign-funded Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, were recently detained for hostile acts against the government, according to North Korea's state media.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Otto Warmbier's death after returning from North Korean imprisonment is stoking outrage in Washington and threatening to overshadow high-level U.S. The U.S. government and lawmakers have named North Korea as the most urgent and unsafe threat to the U.S. It may well succeed in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile during Moon's term in office. He was put before North Korean officials and journalists for a televised "confession".
"South Korea must realize that following psychopath Trump ... will only lead to disaster", said an editorial in the paper. He said the two sides agreed on the need for companies not to deal with North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions, but did not specify any particular action China was promising to take.