I've sat for several days looking over this story of the American kid who finally got removed from North Korea, and passed away in the US in the past twenty-four hours. There are a lot of mysterious things over the Warmbier story, but the top one that interests me....is how he got to the point of being in a vegetative state.
My guess? I think toward the conclusion of the court case.....they began to dope him up. Guard A would be given some instructions, and in some shift change....give out a dope-dose. Guard B would come on and get the same instructions. Guard C would get the same instructions. At some point, Warmbier is permanently in a coma. The guards can truthfully say they followed the precise instruction they were given, and the idiots above them will realize that they'd killed Warmbier without any intention. The sad fact is that they probably do this several hundred times each month to other prisoners and no one ever says anything about what was done.
My observation on traveling to North Korea? Why not just select downtown Detroit for a week, and go on nightly tours of the no-go areas of Detroit? Why not select the gang zones of Atlanta? There's just no reason to go into North Korea.