Mourners gather for funeral of student detained in N Korea

His administration is considering a ban on Americans visiting North Korea.

Trump's White House has made halting the nuclear threat its number one foreign policy priority, putting aside concerns over trade and currency manipulation to seek Beijing's help in facing down Kim.

Wambier's parents did not cite a specific cause of death but blamed "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea. He said the two sides agreed on the need for companies not to deal with North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions, but did not specify any particular action China was promising to take. That comment came amid outrage in Washington over the death of Otto Warmbier days after the comatose American student was released from imprisonment in North Korea.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something Trump has vowed "won't happen".

"I don't think it's appropriate for the U.S. to just give China a list of Chinese companies to punish", said Lu Chao, director of the Border Study Institute at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, situated in the province that borders North Korea.

Last month Beijing and Washington signed a limited deal to open new markets for each other's exports, and a long-standing friend of the Chinese leadership, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, was confirmed as ambassador.

The family of Otto Warmbier has declined an autopsy, leaving the cause of the American college student's death a mystery.

Mr Warmbier, a student at the University of West Virginia, died on Monday after returning to the U.S. in a coma.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un - the country's "precious leader", as he is often addressed - continues to threaten nuclear annihilation, trying to build long-range missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to America's shores.

Like past presidents, Trump is finding the US has limited scope for punishing North Korea, particularly over the arrest of USA citizens.

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Trump's tweet about China took some advisers by surprise.

Discussing Warmbier's death with reporters on a conference call on Tuesday, Portman paused and acknowledged he was broken up.

Wyoming resident D'Shon Shapiro says she was touched Otto Warmbier she's raised over $10,000 as part of a memorial fund. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident", he said, calling the accusations of abuse "groundless".

"As an American, I feel extremely fortunate that we are able to travel around the world".

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out".

The North previously released American detainees it had accused and convicted of crimes against the state on the occasion of high-level visits by USA officials.

Throngs of mourners paid their final respects to Otto Warmbier Thursday at a public funeral at the high school he attended near Cincinnati.

The State Department says the dialogue will focus on ways to increase pressure on North Korea, but also cover such areas as counter-terrorism and territorial rivalries in the South China Sea.

The president also mentioned the possibility of reopening the inter-Korea Gaeseong Industrial Complex, which had been shut down amid rising military provocations, but only after seeing some progress in the North's denuclearization.

  • Rogelio Becker