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Trump says U.S. 'condemns brutality' of North Korea after Warmbier's death

2017/06/20 06:53

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WASHINGTON, June 19 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump condemned North Korea's "brutality" as he mourned the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student released from the communist nation in a coma after 17 months of detention.

"I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. 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," Trump said in a statement.

"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.

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