The tour company that took Otto Warmbier to North Korea has announced they won’t take any more Americans into the rogue nation. This statement came shortly after the tragic news came out that the American student passed away on Monday.
Young Pioneer Tours is a China-based company that offers customers “adventure holidays,” and Warmbier journeyed to Pyongyang during one of their trips back in 2016. The company frequently promoted their North Korea trips in the past, but in an email to USA Today, they offered sympathies to Warmbier’s loved ones, and announced their decision that its too risky to bring any more American clients to the Communist regime.
From USA Today:
“The devastating loss of Otto Warmbier’s life has led us to reconsider our position on accepting American tourists. There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result…The way his detention was handled was appalling, and a tragedy like this must never be repeated. Despite constant requests, we were denied any opportunity to meet him or anyone in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine. There has still been almost no information disclosed about his period in detention. Considering these facts and this tragic outcome we will no longer be organizing tours for U.S. citizens to North Korea.”
Warmbier spent more than a year and half in North Korea after he was arrested for messing with a propaganda poster at the hotel where he was staying. He was brought back to America last week, though Warmbier’s parents stated that he was comatose for more than a year, and was facing other major health complications.
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