Donald Trump condemns North Korea after Otto Warmbier dies

Donald Trump condemns North Korea after Otto Warmbier dies

Donald Trump called North Korea a 'brutal regime' (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Donald Trump has condemned North Korea following the death of US student Otto Warmbier on Monday (June 19) after being imprisoned in the country.

Twenty-two-year-old Warmbier was sent back to America in a coma last week by North Korea, who claimed he had been in that state since a day after his trial a year ago, and his release was based on humanity.

He was originally given a 15-year sentence of hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a North Korean hotel in January last year.

His parents claim he was given "awful torturous mistreatment", according to the BBC.

While Trump said many bad things had happened to the student, he also admitted: "At least we got him home to be with his parents, where they were so happy to see him, even though he was in very tough condition."

But the president added that the death of Warmbier has given the administration more motivation "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."

Warmbier's parents said when he was returned to America on June 13 "he looked very uncomfortable, almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day, the countenance of his face changed, he was at peace. He was home, and we believe he could sense that".

North Korea had claimed that the student got botulism and was given a sleeping pill, leaving him in the coma.

But US doctors said they couldn't detect any signs of the illness, instead finding that Warmbier had a "severe neurological injury" causing a loss of brain tissue. However, it was not clear what caused the injury.

Doctors said the most likely cause was cardiopulmonary arrest which cut blood supply to the brain.