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Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea

26 June 2017

"I was in tears".

A day last week's talks, President Donald Trump said China's efforts to use its leverage with North Korea had failed, raising fresh doubts about his administration's strategy for countering the threat from North Korea.

Reuters/Damir SagoljSoldiers walk in front of the Monument to the Foundation of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea April 16, 2017.

The 22-year-old was returned comatose to the U.S. last week with a severe neurological injury after 18 months in captivity in the Hermit Kingdom.

"Why the US government which claims to care about the welfare of its citizens had not even once made an official request for the release of Warmbier on humanitarian basis during the Obama administration?" the statement said. He died on Monday. According to his family's wishes, no autopsy was performed.

Mr Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion.

A spokesperson for North Korea said that the rogue nation did provide medical treatment for Warmbier and that the accusations against the North are "groundless" speculation.

Revere said it is hard to know for sure whether Warmbier would have served the full 15 years. His family said they were told that he had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison with hard labor in March 2016.

Trump told Yang he looked forward to "enhancing cooperation" with China on the denuclearization of the North, the ministry said in a statement.On Wednesday Yang and top General Fang Fenghui met with Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the State Department to discuss North Korea and other regional issues. "So you can always use American hostages as leverage". They showed his phone, passport, notebook, even the blazer worn during his trip to North Korea.

"He should have been brought home a long time ago", Trump said. "It takes weeks to prepare such a test. The North Koreans need to be held to accountable for that".


"Everything they say about Otto is very true".

In April, the Warmbier family chose to break their silence.

Tourism to North Korea "helps to fund one of the most brutal and despotic regimes in the world", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Tuesday in a statement to USA Today.

"I think the results speak for themselves", he replied, adding that they made a decision to speak out because they were frustrated by the situation.

Attendee D'Shon Shapiro told CNN that she and a friend, Molly Cain, know Warmbier's parents from youth sports.

The Warmbiers declined ABC News' repeated requests for an interview.

"Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said.

"I feel in a certain way I became part of their extended family", he said.

Ohio's Republican senator calls Otto Warmbier "an fantastic young man" who shouldn't have been detained.

Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20 Friday, June 23, at 10 p.m. ET.

Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea