US President Donald Trump condemned the “brutality of the North Korean regime”, noting that Warmbier underwent harsh conditions.
Donald Trump has condemned North Korea, describing them as “brutal regime” following the death of a United States student who had been imprisoned there for 15 months.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment” and demanded the release of three other USA citizens still held by Pyongyang – Korean-Americans Tony Kim, Kim Dong Chul and Kim Hak Song.
“Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-Un regime”, McCain said in a release. “He looked very uncomfortable – nearly anguished”, they said.
In the statement the Warmbier family thanks everyone in the community and around the world for keeping them in their thoughts and prayers. He called North Korea a “brutal regime”. His family said during his release that they had learned that he was in a coma just a few days before.
Human Rights Watch said Mr Warmbier’s death “reflects a reality that the North Korean people know all too well: the Kim family leadership. will not hesitate to brutalise and kill to maintain their hold on power”.
Doctors said he suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and “profound weakness and contraction” of his muscles, arms and legs.
“He died but he died at home and not in North Korea so if that is a small measure of comfort I hope they have that”, Bernay said.
Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student who was detained in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, has died.
Ohio’s US senators sharply criticized North Korea soon after his release.
“For Otto to be returned to the U.S. in the state he was in – and then for him to die because of it – is not only an outrage, but it is a tragedy for his entire family”, Bae said in a statement.
North Korea released Warmbier last week, saying he was being freed “on humanitarian grounds”.
Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said earlier on Monday that the USA is concerned for the welfare of the three other U.S. citizens still held in North Korea – Korean-Americans Tony Kim, Kim Dong Chul and Kim Hak Song.
The University of Virginia honours student’s parents, Fred and Cindy, who live in Wyoming, Ohio, said in a statement that their son, 22, had “completed his journey home” and “was at peace” when he died on Monday at 2.20 p.m., reports The New York Times.
Doctors say Mr Warmbier had no trace of botulism in his system, but has a severe brain injury and was in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness“.
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