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Student dies after being sent home from North Korea

US student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being returned home in a coma less than a week ago, has died in a Cincinnati hospital, his family said in a statement on Monday.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the family said in a statement following Warmbier’s death.

His family has said that Warmbier, 22, had lapsed into a coma in March 2016, shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in North Korea.

He was arrested, according to North Korean media, for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan.

North Korea released Warmbier last week, saying he was being freed “on humanitarian grounds”.

The University of Virginia student’s father, Fred Warmbier, said last week that his son had been “brutalized and terrorised by the Pyongyang government and that the family disbelieved North Korea’s story that his son had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and being given a sleeping pill.

Doctors who examined Otto Warmbier after his release said there was no sign of botulism in his system.

Warmbier was freed after the US State Department’s special envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, traveled to Pyongyang and demanded the student’s release on humanitarian grounds, capping a flurry of secret diplomatic contacts, a US official said last week.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been heightened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of last year. Pyongyang has also vowed to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.



Added: Jun-20-2017 
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  • You son was dumb and paid the ultimate price. End of story.

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  • ......a TOTAL CLUSTERFUCK from day one....the DUMBASS KID tried stealing a POSTER while on a visit to NoKo............I can see WW3 breaking out over this.....................ffs............

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    • @PaulRicketts We're not going to war over one person.

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    • @Mark Hammer ........NEVER say NEVER............it could be THE EXCUSE we're looking for........ffs..............

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    • @Mark Hammer 

      Why not? War is good for a couple reasons;

      - Moral would be high fighting for a murdered countryman
      - Sends a clear message in case another hostile state kidnaps your countrymen
      - War is good for business and industry
      - deal with the enemy before they grow too strong

      Now mind you there is a good reason to attack North Korea that could be taken advantage of. Of course have to green light with south as they would take the counter from the north.

      For example; toppling More..

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    • @beatemup .......DEADFUCKIN'ON..............

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    • @PaulRicketts play stupid games, win stupid prizes

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  • He got a practical death sentence for taking a 15¢ poster from a hotel wall.

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  • I understand if you break the law in another country you suffer the consequences. But the punishment in this case was way extreme for the crime. Obama didn't even make an attempt to speak for a white american abroad who could of used the help of our government. But when clock boy pulls a crazy stunt like bringing a look a like suitcase bomb to school he is all over that shit. Free trip to the white house and all. Then gets to leave and return with no punishment what so ever. This kids blood is o More..

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    • @loot USA 

      Lol Islam is begging to move to the west and enjoy our luxury.

      Everything you use even the Internet is a product of the west.

      Stop pretending you are Muslim every day that is less true.

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  • I wonder what we traded for his release. Humanitarian reasons doesn't fly, if that were the case they would have released him back in 2016 when he lapsed into a coma.

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  • Ass HOLES Killed the kid

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  • Gotta hand it to the norkos, they give 0 fucks...they shoot missiles and explode atom bombs whenever they like, kill american tourists ...insult their Chinese allies...LOL

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  • Stupid libtard deserved it for being an idiot and going to a place that hates americans and on top of that stupidly breaking their laws...

    Their libtard parents are proud and ready to buy a ticket for the other son...

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    • @LiveLeakRules 

      Yes it's true but it's the right that protects the left. When they are cowering in the corner we will pick up the axe and do what has to be done. Then the left can go on prancing around at Starbucks.

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    • @beatemup "it's the right that protects the left" <--- HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA best joke ever!

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  • IMO North Korea has gone on long enough. It's time to target some submarines and missile sites. Then see how many troops we can drop napalm on as they try to cross the DMZ. Then go in and free the shit out of those people like we did in most of Asia and look how Asia benefitted from western influence. Even Japan after it was nuked. So let's help North Korea and by help I mean nuke.

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  • Sorry, but if you are retarded enough to actually go to North Korea, you deserve everything you get.

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    • @SunnyZ
      Thousands people go to North Korea every year. But most of them are not stupid enough to steal their propaganda posters.

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  • RIP.

    I do not feel sorry for him one bit. Anyone that goes to a foreign country, especially a dictatorship is at the will of that country. If you fart in North Korea, you might get shot, so don't go to North Korea.

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  • North Korea released Warmbier last week, saying he was being freed “on humanitarian grounds”.

    English translation: They knew he was going to die and figured they'd better get rid of him.

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  • They released him on humanitarian grounds...

    Kim Jong Un really is a master of diplomacy...

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  • The lesson here is, don't rock up to Nth Korea and steal shit like a filthy light fingered thief.

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    • @cccp I went to the Netherlands once. The place smelt like Dog shit. India smelt better. You can fuck off now.

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    • @cccp Forgot to mention your ugly women over there. Big brutal ugly bitches. Junkies all sloppy on the streets. What a pathetic shithole you live in.

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  • North Korea catches an American spy. Does weird stuff to him. He dies. The end.

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  • Nuke ém really good, Donald !

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  • They may have given him the damn poster if he asked .......idiot.

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  • He was sent toi 15 yrs hard labour for stealing a fucking sign.

    Fucked up piece of shit country!

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    • @Pargali Ibrahim Pasha 
      It just shows how arrogant some people are. It just turned out that the sign didn't say "wash your hands after using the toilet" but was gov propaganda, therefore this stupid act was a crime against the State and turned into a death sentence. It's better for this asshole to be dead at least he won't screw up again.

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    • Fuck off retard.

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  • the kid asked for it by going there in the first place

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  • Died from a perforated rectum 👉👌

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  • If you are gonna be dumb, you'll have to be tough..

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  • as a USMC Veteran i am a lot more patiotic than the average U.S citizen you meet but i don't feel any sympathy or anger for this fucking obviously retarded social justice wrrior type if you are dumb enough to travel to North Korea as a U.S citizen and THEN actually try to steal some of their political propaganda and bring it back?

    you deseve the torture,beating,disease and coma that follows i have a feeling if this idiot tried to steal anything else besides their political propaganda that th More..

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    • @Gibs_Me_Dat_yo 

      I get that but we all made mistakes as kids. Fact is he was one of us as dumb and likely liberal as he was. One thing for sure though if his father was liberal hes def not anymore. We should be out for blood over this IMO. Going to be a matter of time before we have to deal with NK, sooner the better.

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    • @Gibs_Me_Dat_yo Look at it another way - do you believe everything you are told? Remember those nasty, evil Russian bastards who wanted to kill every American, a rabid Red horde who were poised to spill over into Western Europe and smash the Capitalist world?
      Turns out they didn't, it was the leaders who were cunts, the ordinary Russian didn't give a fuck about Americans and when the time came, actually embraced Capitalism, McDonalds and Wrangler etc.
      We know that from the people who ventu More..

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    • @Dirtboxer We have the huge surveillance in the West too!

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  • well can all liberals who want to conquer the world with love visit North korea please.. Poor Kim needs a hug.

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