Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Otto Warmbier was murdered by the Kim Jong-Un regime” – Senator John McCain

The United States government will not be taking the death of Otto Warmbier lightly.

The 22-year-old American honors student, who only intended to spend five days on a sightseeing tour in North Korea in 2016, ended up spending 17 months there in detention instead of the 15 year sentence he got for stealing a propaganda poster from the hotel where he was lodged. 

Warmbier was shipped back to the US in a state of coma from North Korean prison but passed on on Monday afternoon in a Cincinnati hospital, Ohio, with his family at his side.

His family believes he was tortured into a vegetative state while he was detained in North Korea.

The Warmbier family announced he had “completed his journey home.”

“It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds,” his family said. “But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person.”

Senator John McCain said Warmbier was murdered by the Kim Jong-Un regime.

 “Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime. In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder, " McCain said in a statement.

President Trump also condemned the “brutal regime” and mourned the loss of a young man “in the prime of life.”

“Otto’s fate deepens my administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency. The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”he said.

Warmbier had not spoken or moved in any purposeful way since his return, a condition his doctors called “unresponsive wakefulness” also known as persistent vegetative state. He had suffered significant brain damage during his imprisonment.

Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea sent his condolences and a letter  to Warmbier’s family.

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