Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Will The Death Of Otto Warmbier Trigger A Change In America's North Korean Policy?

Gordon G. Chang, Forbes: Otto Warmbier Might Trigger Change Of U.S.-N. Korea Policy

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled the U.S. is leaning toward banning Americans from traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea,” he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.”

What’s to consider? Hours before Tillerson gave his testimony, a medevac flight touched down in Cincinnati carrying Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who had been in detention in North Korea since the first days of January of last year.

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Update: Trump attacks Kim Jong Un's 'brutal regime that does not respect basic human decency' following Otto Warmbier's death just days after he was released from a North Korean prison (Daily Mail)

WNU Editor: North Korea is no stranger to being brutal .... but because of how they were so cavalier about the status of Otto Warmbier .... I cannot help bet feel that it is different this time. That there will be consequences for what they did.


D.Plowman said...


While I would certainly like to see consequences play out for Warmbier's death, I'm not optimistic of that happening.

What could they realistically do?

Whatever Trump does, if he does anything, it will likely have been part of the plan in foresight rather than as a result of Warmbier's death.

War News Updates Editor said...

D. Plowman. The fate of one person should never dictate what a country's policy should be, and I do not expect Warmbier's death to change where this policy may be going. It is the tone and the intensity/focus that has changed .... and it is not a comfortable one.