North Korea is relentlessly pursuing its goal of building a nuclear bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. Pyongyang has already conducted five nuclear tests and recently launched an advanced missile that suggests a functioning ICBM may be within reach.

Seeking to deter North Korea, the Trump administration has so-far leaned on China, one of the few countries able to exert significant economic influence over Pyongyang. China told North Korea not to conduct a sixth nuclear test or risk sanctions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told “Special Report” in April.

“We’re asking a lot of the Chinese,” Tillerson said. “We are going to test China’s willingness to help address this serious threat.”

But any hope of de-escalating the North Korea menace was dealt a serious blow on Monday when Otto Warmbier died.

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As AFF REPORTED, North Korea detained an American student and sentenced him to 15 years hard labor for allegedly taking a propaganda poster off a wall as a souvenir. Earlier this month Otto Warmbier, was returned back to the U.S. earlier this month and unfortunately has died, according to his family. He was just 22 years old.

When Otto arrived back to the United States doctors said that he had suffered extensive brain damage and was unresponsive to his surroundings. Officials from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which treated the student upon his return, labeled his condition as a “state of unresponsive wakefulness.”