It's unclear exactly how many Americans go to North Korea every year.
Warmbier's parents released a statement Monday criticizing North Korea for the death of their son.
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The President said this morning, "It was a disgrace what happened to Otto..." Twenty-two-year-old Otto Warmbier died in Cincinnati on Monday, not long after his return to OH after almost a year and a half in North Korean captivity. They said it should be a "call to action to those in the position to protect our American citizens here at home AND overseas".
Barring Americans from stepping foot in North Korea would mark the latest USA step to isolate the furtive, nuclear-armed nation, and protect US citizens who may be allured by the prospect of traveling there.
North Korean diplomats at the United Nations had urgently requested a face-to-face meeting with USA officials in NY.
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati says all who wish to join his family in a celebration of life are "cordially invited". Warmbier was a 2013 graduate of the school. In an interview with CNN conducted in Pyongyang in January 2016, Kim said he was arrested in October 2015 after spying on behalf of what he called "South Korean conservative elements" who approached him while he was working at a trading business in Rason, a city in northern North Korea near the Chinese border. Why did North Korea admit that Mr Warmbier had been in a comatose state for over a year but lie about its cause?
He said Warmbier's death shows "we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime", but that dialogue with the North is still needed because sanctions and pressure haven't resolved the North Korea nuclear issue.
The family's public statements indicate that they feel the previous administration could have and should have done more for their son, who chose to visit North Korea despite warnings from the Department of State instructing American citizens to avoid travel to North Korea.
The travel company that took Warmbier to North Korea, Young Pioneer Tours, has made a decision to stop taking Americans to the communist dictatorship because "the risk is too high".
He says "if people are that stupid that they still want to go to that country, then at least they assume the responsibility for their welfare". Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released to his home state of OH on Tuesday in a coma.
McCain is the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Although he didn't mention former President Obama by name, Mr. Trump seemed to be placing some of the blame on the Obama administration for Warmbier's death.
The death of a 22-year-old young man on Monday, June 19, was announced by his parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier and reported by The Washington Post.
The family thanked the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treating him, but said: 'Unfortunately, the terrible torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today'. The U.S. government accuses North Korea of using such detainees as political pawns.
Sen. Rob Portman of OH also had tough words for North Korea.
The tour operator said that it was denied any opportunity to meet with Warmbier after his detention, and that the way it was handled was "appalling".
Under their proposal, the Treasury Department would be ordered to prohibit all financial transactions related to travel to North Korea by Americans, unless specifically authorized by a US license.
President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that if North Korea had released the USA college student Otto Warmbier earlier, he might still be alive.
Relatives say Otto Warmbier died Monday. To back up the designation, Tillerson could assert that Americans face "imminent danger" to their health or safety if they travel there, an easily defendable assertion in the wake of Warmbier's death.
Mr Warmbier was arrested the following month at the airport in Pyongyang, as he was leaving, and accused of attempting to steal a propaganda placard.