N.Korea ac­cuses ‘old lu­natic’ Trump of ex­ploit­ing Warm­bier death

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North Korea on Thurs­day ac­cused US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump of ex­ploit­ing Otto Warm­bier’s death, call­ing him an “old lu­natic” for al­leg­ing that the Amer­i­can stu­dent was tor­tured while in Py­ongyang’s cus­tody.

In a state­ment is­sued by the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency, North Korea’s for­eign min­istry at­tacked the US for “lur­ing and push­ing” the 22-year-old stu­dent into break­ing the coun­try’s laws.

“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 la­bor for the crim­i­nal act he com­mit­ted against the DPRK and died af­ter re­turn­ing to the US,” it said, us­ing the acro­nym for the North’s of­fi­cial name.

Warm­bier, who was visit­ing the North as a tourist in Jan­uary 2016 when he was ar­rested and im­pris­oned by the regime, died in June this year, just days af­ter he was re­leased from cus­tody and sent home in a mys­te­ri­ous coma.

In the state­ment, the North ac­cused “an anti-DPRK con­spir­acy or­ga­ni­za­tion in the US” of send­ing Warm­bier to the coun­try on a crim­i­nal “mis­sion.”

“The fact that the old lu­natic Trump and his riff-raff 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 to­wards the US and their will to re­tal­i­ate thou­sand-fold,” it said.

The state­ment came af­ter a US med­i­cal ex­am­iner said Warm­bier had shown no ob­vi­ous signs of tor­ture de­spite as­ser­tions by his par­ents and Trump.

His par­ents, in a se­ries of Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion in­ter­views Tues­day, said their son showed signs of tor­ture, in­clud­ing teeth that ap­peared to have been “re­ar­ranged,” and hands and feet that were dis­fig­ured.

“They kid­napped Otto, they tor­tured him, they in­ten­tion­ally in­jured him. They are not vic­tims, they are ter­ror­ists,” Fred Warm­bier said on the pro­gram “Fox and Friends.”

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