WASHINGTON D.C. (ABC NEWS) – The State Department said it holds North Korea accountable for its treatment of U.S. student Otto Warmbier.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert commented on the situation one day after Warmbier’s death.
Nauert said the State Department is now looking into banning Americans from traveling abroad there and demands the release of three other Americans who are being unjustly detained. She stated “So we’re continuing to evaluate if we should put in some sort of travel restriction. The secretary has the authority to do it, he just hasn’t come to a conclusion about how this would potentially work but we’re still considering it.”
North Korean officials claimed Warmbier’s condition was the result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but American doctors cast doubt on that claim.