McCain: Americans 'stupid' to still want to travel to NKorea

The Latest McCain Travelers to N Korea should sign waiver

John McCain said Tuesday that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to travel to North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the USA government of any blame should they be harmed while there.

It may never be known, but there are some clues - as well as widespread speculation.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cinci.

The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion.

North Korean diplomats at the United Nations had urgently requested a face-to-face meeting with US officials in NY.

They said that given his young age, Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain. Within weeks, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and hard labor.

In their statement Monday, Warmbier's family said they believed the young man had found a peace of sorts after being flown home.

Others believe it is unlikely that North Korea intentionally harmed Warmbier because he was valuable as a political pawn.

Or maybe North Korea concealed his medical condition for so long in the hopes that he'd recover.

Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. Trump had personally lobbied Chinese President Xi Jinping to take stronger action on Chinese banks and other entities that do business with North Korea during a summit in Florida in April. "You've got to capitalize on this, and influence their internal debates to get them to recognize and acknowledge what happened".

Outrage in the United States means that more pressure, not dialogue, is the more likely course.

A coroner hasn't reached a conclusion about the cause of death for a 22-year-old American college student who died in Cincinnati less than a week after he was released from North Korea in a coma.

Moon Jae-in pushed off any talk of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. He was leaving North Korea on January 2, 2016, when he was detained at the airport.

"The bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible", the family said in a statement announcing Warmbier's death. Still, opponents will question whether such negotiations may give the North more time to expand its nuclear weapons program.

Warmbier's death came just days after he was released by the North Korean government and returned home while suffering from extensive brain damage, according to the American doctors who treated him.

He called North Korea a "brutal regime".

Trump also had opened the door for potential direct talks with Kim, saying in an interview two months ago that he'd be "honored" to meet the North Korean leader under the right circumstances. The country may not worry about much of anything externally, even the death of a young tourist, until it reaches its goal of building a nuclear ICBM that can ease what it sees as decades of US and South Korean hostility.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Talks on British exit from European Union begin in Brussels
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:08
Once agreement has been made in this phase of the talks, the second phase discussing the future trade relationship can begin.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gronk pushes back against $100000 bar tab report
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:07
Rob Gronkowski is refuting reports that he racked up a hefty bill while partying at a casino nightclub in CT last weekend. As ESPN's Mike Reiss wrote in 2015, "few Patriots give as much time to charitable and community endeavors as Gronkowski".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EU extends Russia sanctions over Crimea for a year
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:04
The measures apply to European Union citizens and companies registered in the European Union member states. The sanctions are now set to run until June 23, 2018, and apply to European Union citizens and companies.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S. urges Gulf states to ease blockade against Qatar
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:04
Saudi Arabia has revoked Qatar Airways' licence and ordered the company's Saudi offices to shut within 48 hours. There was no immediate response for a request for comment on that demand from a Qatari official.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Syrian army halts combat operations for two days in southern city
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:02
Russian Federation has proposed July 4 as the start of a two-day round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. De Mistura said this week a new round of talks would depend on the progress made in setting up the de-escalation zones.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pau Gasol opts out, will re-sign with Spurs
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:02
With that said, the Gasol reshuffling does not quite provide San Antonio with maximum cap room on its own, although more moves could be made.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Holcomb fire north of Big Bear at 200 acres and growing
Jun 21, 2017 - 03:01
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Highway 18 and Van Dusen, and the Doble Trail and Tanglewood campgrounds are closed. A forest fire burns in the Holcomb Valley area in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear , Monday, June 19, 2017.

Peel Hunt Reaffirms Buy Rating for Puretech Health PLC (PRTC)
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:59
After $0.14 actual EPS reported by Williams Companies Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 14.29% EPS growth. Valley National Advisers Incorporated holds 0% of its portfolio in 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) for 62 shares.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lakers to ship Russell, Moz to Nets for Lopez
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:58
Coming over with Russell , Mozgov ensures that the Nets maintain some size with Lopez gone. Russell is just two years into the league and shows he can be a durable point guard.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rafael Nadal Makes History With 10th French Open Title
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:54
For me, the nerves and the adrenalin that I feel when I play in this court is impossible to compare to another feeling. Telling Words: "I played at the maximum of my power, my strength, and my capability, but Rafa was the best player".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top McDermott may replace Matta at Ohio State
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:50
He has battled health issues for much of his time in Columbus, including emergency back surgery in 2007. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Ohio State has offered him the job and are awaiting his answer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:50
He said: "You've got to build in resilience and safety through regulation, people have got to constantly practice for disasters". Condoling the incident earlier, Londor Mayor Sadiq Khan said, "The bad news, I'm afraid, is lots of people died in the fire".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Baseball Gunman Had List of GOP Congressmen in Pocket During Attack
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:49
Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Clair Chief Deputy Sheriff Richard Wagner told that she was in tears ' and her life had been turned upside down.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Colombian rebels believed to be holding 3 Dutch journalists
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:47
A team from a Dutch television show which tracks down missing people has reportedly been kidnapped in Colombia. Peace talks with the ELN, which were launched in February, have since stalled, according to news reports .

The Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD) Stake Cut by First Manhattan Co
Jun 21, 2017 - 02:46
Tiaa Cref Investment Management Limited Liability Corporation reported 0% of its portfolio in Manitowoc Company Inc (NYSE:MTW). Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a "buy" rating on shares of Gilead Sciences in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd.