US Student Released From N. Korea Dies

Write : 2017-06-20 08:28:08 Update : 2017-06-20 13:30:02

US Student Released From N. Korea Dies

Anchor: The U.S. student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months has died six days after his release. Otto Warmbier was being treated at a hospital in Cincinnati after being released in a serious medical condition. U.S. and South Korean presidents condemned the North for its actions and expressed their condolences to Warmbier’s family. 
Our Kim So-yon has more.

Report: Otto Warmbier, the American student held for 17 months by North Korea, has died six days after his release.
 
Warmbier's family said in a statement that the college student who was receiving treatment for coma at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio died at 3:20 p.m. on Monday.
 
The family’s statement said that the awful torturous mistreatment their son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one they experienced.
 
Warmbier, who was released last Tuesday after lengthy negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea, was believed to have been in a coma for more than a year.
 
The North has claimed that Warmbier contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill, but never woke up.
 
Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was detained by the North in January 2016 at the end of a five-day tour. He was accused of stealing propaganda materials from a Pyongyang hotel and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.
  
U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that the United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as it mourns its latest victim.
 
In Seoul, President Moon Jae-in expressed regret over the news of the death of Otto Warmbier and extended heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives.
 
Concerns are growing that Warmbier's death will strain an already tense relationship between Washington and Pyongyang. 
Kim So-yon, KBS World Radio News. 

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