US, N Korea at odds

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE DEATH of a 22-year-old col­lege stu­dent in Ohio has dashed any hopes of a quick de­tente be­tween the US and North Korea.

Otto Warm­bier, who spent more than a year im­pris­oned in the iso­lated na­tion af­ter al­legedly steal­ing a pro­pa­ganda ban­ner, died on Mon­day af­ter he was re­turned to the US last week in a coma. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­nounced North Korea af­ter hear­ing the news.

“It’s a bru­tal regime and we’ll be able to han­dle it,” Trump said.

How­ever, drop­ping bombs on Kim Jong Un’s na­tion – an op­tion Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion says is still on the table – is so risky that many an­a­lysts see it as im­plau­si­ble. Wash­ing­ton Post

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