U.S. seeks China's help on North Korea, ignoring Donald Trump's tweet


North Korea on Thursday called US President Donald Trump a "psychopath" as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week.

Among the expected speakers are Warmbier's brother, Austin, his sister, Greta, and some of his friends, according to the funeral program. A rabbi was officiating at the public service, which was closed to the news media.

The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency was Pyongyang's first reaction to Otto Warmbier's death in a USA hospital on Monday after North Korea released him for what it said was humanitarian reasons.

The meeting of top USA and Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs was held a day after President Donald Trump said Chinese efforts to use its leverage with Pyongyang had failed, raising fresh doubts about his administration's strategy for countering the threat from North Korea. It called allegations of torture during his incarceration "groundless", and said that vital health indicators were normal when he was examined by USA doctors in North Korea.

"Walking around the hallways at school, you don't really expect seniors to come up to you as a freshman", Klein said.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he and his representatives begged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times to release American college student Otto Warmbier, who died just days after being released from captivity in the country.

"We had an open and frank dialog about what more can be done in areas of common interest", he said.

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Washington has considered further "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and other firms doing business with North Korea. Mattis was speaking after high-level security talks Wednesday with China in which North Korea was a key topic of discussion.

Beijing, which wants resumed US negotiations with North Korea, is hoping for "positive outcomes" from Wednesday's dialogue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Molly Cain met Warmbier when he coached her 12-year-old son, Robby, at the Wyoming swim club.

Wambier's parents cited "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

"Once he started working with Otto, he couldn't wait to go", Cain said.

United States doctors said Mr Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

Officials at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was treated after his return from the North, declined to provide details, and his family asked the Hamilton County Coroner on Tuesday not to perform an autopsy. In a news conference before Warmbier's death, they said they could not speculate on the cause of his condition. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the state.

"You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched -- Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two -- that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family", the statement said.