Otto Warmbier's death reminder of North Korea's barbaric regime: Nikki Haley

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

Doctors said last week that he had suffered extensive brain damage and was unresponsive to his surroundings. The family said he looked uncomfortable and anguished after arriving June 13 but his countenance later changed.

Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner and was convicted of subversion.

The Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea tied Warmbier's fate to "millions of unknown North Koreans" who are "starved, tortured, brutalized and killed in North Korea's political prison camps". On March 16, 2016 Otto was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour by the North Korean supreme court for his transgressions. Patients in this condition can open their eyes but do not respond to commands.

It's been more than a year since the world heard his plea for mercy.

North Korea said Mr Warmbier went into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

But after he was returned the USA, doctors cast doubt on this, finding no signs of botulism. "A lot of bad things happened", Trump said.

"I believe we must now have the perception that North Korea is an irrational regime".

Mr Warmbier grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

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He won an award at the highly rated high school, and was on the soccer team, among other activities.

Warmbier's sophomore English teacher said he would be "dearly missed".

Three South Korean nationals were detained in North Korea during their missionary work respectively since 2013 and the remaining three South Koreans are North Korean defectors who returned and are now held in custody, a lawmaker briefed by the South Korean spy agency told reporters last week.

Three other US citizens, who are ethnic Koreans, and six South Koreans remain in custody in North Korea. "And I believe there are voices supporting such a step-by-step approach even within the United States", he said, according to the US channel.

Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center, told CNN that the Trump administration isn't imposing secondary sanctions due to the "naïve belief that President Xi will do more than China has in the past", but it's time to stop holding back on China. He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions.

The circumstances of his detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remained a mystery, but relatives have said his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors. The tour offers biking trips along the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea as well as scuba diving, according to USA Today.

Speaking from the White House Monday night, President Trump announced Otto had died after coming home from North Korea in a coma.

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