After Otto Warmbier's death, Prez Trump condemns brutality of North Korea

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20pm. He, too, lashed out at Pyongyang saying, "This horrendous situation further underscores the evil, oppressive nature of the North Korean regime".

South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Tuesday that North Korea bears a "heavy responsibility" for the death of United States student Otto Warmbier and described its regime as irrational.

Trump added that the United States would "handle" the North Korean regime, vowing "to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency".

Warmbier was medically evacuated from Pyongyang to the U.S. last week, after having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". Former US politician and diplomat Bill Richardson offered last week to visit North Korea to secure their release.

If the Trump administration wants to punish North Korea over its treatment of Warmbier, it would need Beijing's help. Fred Warmbier, the student's father, has said he does not believe this account. After a trial two months later that U.S. experts derided as a sham, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a poster.

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Doctors said he has suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs. They were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition but he just passed away a little while ago.

O'Donnell pointed out that the idea of engaging in dialogue with North Korea before it is denuclearized is at odds with longstanding US policy, but Moon said he does not believe that his position is at odds with that of the United States or President Donald Trump, with whom he will meet next week. John McCain said that Americans who are "stupid" enough to still want to visit North Korea should be required to sign a waiver absolving the US government of any blame if they're harmed while there.

"Yes, this had happened while Mr Warmbier was in the detention of North Korean authorities", Moon told CBS.

President Donald Trump had urged the nation to pray for Otto Warmbier, describing his ordeal as a "truly bad thing". North Korea has accused Washington and South Korea of sending spies to overthrow its government. Here, Chinese vendors sell flags of North Korea and China along the Yalu River in Dandong, northern China, along the border with North Korea.

Warmbier told reporters he was offered a used auto worth US$10,000 (€8,961) if he could obtain a sign, adding that US$200,000 (€17,923) would be paid to his mother if he was detained and did not return.

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