North Korea Tortured US Citizen
and Obama did nothing….
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused North Korea of torturing an American college student “beyond belief” before he died earlier this year.
Otto Frederick Warmbier (December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American university student who, while visiting North Korea as a tourist in January 2016, was arrested and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor after being convicted of trying to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel.
Approximately one month after his sentencing, Warmbier suffered severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. North Korean authorities did not disclose his medical condition until June 2017, when they announced he had fallen into a coma as a result of botulism and a sleeping pill. The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier’s release, and Warmbier was freed in June 2017, in a comatose state after 17 months in captivity. He was repatriated to the United States, arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 13, and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. His U.S. physicians found no evidence of botulism.
Warmbier never regained consciousness and died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States. Some U.S. officials blamed North Korea for his death. He was one of 16 American citizens detained by North Korea since 1996, including three who are still in custody.
Trump made the comment on Twitter in reaction to an interview given by the parents of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died in June after returning home in a coma following months of detention in the North.
“Great interview on foxandfriends with the parents of Otto Warmbier: 1994-2017,” the president wrote. “Otto was tortured beyond belief by North Korea.”
Warmbier was arrested in Pyongyang in January 2016 after allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel.
North Korea claimed he fell into a coma two months later due to botulism and a sleeping pill, but doctors in the U.S. found that he suffered from severe brain damage.
The U.S. has since imposed a travel ban on Americans traveling to the communist nation, citing serious risks to their safety.
Warmbier died in the hospital at 2:20 p.m. on June 19, 2017, at the age of 22. His family issued a statement expressing their sadness, thanking the hospital staff for their actions. President Trump issued a statement regarding Warmbier’s death: “There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.” Others criticized Warmbier.
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