N Korea blasts Trump over Warmbier

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

NORTH Korea has ac­cused “old lu­natic” Don­ald Trump of ex­ploit­ing the death of Otto Warmbier, the Amer­i­can stu­dent who mys­te­ri­ously died after be­ing jailed in the her­mit king­dom.

While the US pres­i­dent and Warmbier’s par­ents claimed the 22-year-old was tor­tured while in Py­ongyang’s cus­tody, a US coro­ner yes­ter­day said there was no ev­i­dence of that.

“Trump and his clique, for their anti-DPRK pro­pa­ganda, are again ex­ploit­ing the death of Otto Warmbier, an Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent who had been un­der re­form through labour for the crim­i­nal act he com­mit­ted against the DPRK and died after re­turn­ing to the US,” North Korea’s for­eign min­istry said, us­ing the acro­nym for the North’s of­fi­cial name.

They also ac­cused “an an­tiDPRK con­spir­acy or­gan­i­sa­tion in the US” of send­ing Warmbier to the coun­try on a crim­i­nal “mis­sion”.

“The fact that the old luna- tic Trump and his riffraff slan­dered the sa­cred dig­nity of our supreme lead­er­ship, us­ing bo­gus data full of false­hood and fab­ri­ca­tions, only serves to re­dou­ble the surg­ing ha­tred of our army and peo­ple to­ward the US and their will to re­tal­i­ate thou­sand­fold,” it said.

Warmbier was vis­it­ing the North as a tourist in Jan­uary 2016 when he was ar­rested for try­ing to take a pro­pa­ganda sign from his ho­tel, and sen- tenced to 15 years of hard labour.

North Korea re­leased the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia stu­dent from cus­tody on June 15. He re­turned to the US in a mys­te­ri­ous coma and died a few days later.

His par­ents said their son showed signs of tor­ture, in­clud­ing teeth that ap­peared to have been “re­ar­ranged” with a pair of pli­ers, and hands and feet that were dis­fig­ured. AFP

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