Following the death of 22-year-old college student Otto Warmbier, Americans' ability to travel to North Korea could change.
Roughly three years before he was taken prisoner in North Korea, Otto Warmbier spoke to his graduating high school class about persevering through "the good times and the bad", and holding onto friendships "to make things better".
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. The Trump administration is considering banning travel by US citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, and Trump said Warmbier's treatment was a "total disgrace".
Ohio's USA senators sharply criticized North Korea last week.
The United States should consider an executive order immediately banning all tourist travel to North Korea for the time being, a major USA think tank said Wednesday amid outrage over the death of an American student following his comatose release from the North.
The travel agency specialises in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.
Last week, Tillerson told a Senate hearing that China's efforts on North Korea had been "uneven". The U.S. has been pressing Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons development and urging China and other countries to starve the North of funding for the program.
Warmbier was among the estimated 5,000 non-Chinese who visit North Korea every year on packages that often include trips to Pyongyang, the capital, as well as the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, Mount Paektu and sometimes the Masik ski resort.
The circumstances of his detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remained a mystery, but relatives have said his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors.
This announcement comes after Otto Warmbier died Monday.
He was pronounced dead this week after he was returned to the U.S.in a vegetative state.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the USA should think about banning US citizens from visiting North Korea.
The U.S. Department of State warns against travel to North Korea.
Before his arrest, Warmbier seemed to be having a good time in North Korea.
No cause of death has been determined for student Otto Warmbier (WARM'-beer). Released last week, he was in a coma when he arrived home, unable to see, speak, or respond to verbal commands.