Moon Extends Condolences on News of Warmbier's Death

Write : 2017-06-20 11:20:01 Update : 2017-06-20 14:11:10

Moon Extends Condolences on News of Warmbier's Death

The presidential office said President Moon Jae-in has conveyed condolences to the family of a U.S. student who died six days after being released from captivity in North Korea.
 
Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a briefing Tuesday that President Moon expressed regret over the news of the death of Otto Warmbier and extended heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives.
 
Park said that during an interview with foreign news media on Monday, the president said it was deplorable that North Korea does not respect the universal value of human rights.
 
Park said that Moon questioned whether Pyongyang fulfilled its humanitarian obligation to immediately notify Warmbier's family of his worsened health and allow him access to the best possible medical treatment.
 
The president said the North must swiftly release South Korean and U.S. citizens still being detained and promised the Seoul government will do its best to this aim. 
 
The 22-year-old University of Virginia student returned home last week in a state of coma after being detained in the North for 17 months. 

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