Foreign Affairs

North Korea kills an American and President Trump is speaking out.


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Otto Warmbier, the American college student held captive in North Korea for 17 months, has died after suffering respiratory or heart failure and falling into an unexplained coma.  Doctors could find no broken bones, physical injuries or signs of any torture, suggesting an overdose of sedatives or being worked to death in the labor camp where he was serving a 15 year sentence.

Now President Trump is speaking out.

“Melania and 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,” said President Trump in a White House 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,” said Trump.

What will the United States do in response?  A military strike is highly unlikely, but additional sanctions and other punitive measures could be taken.  So far, President Trump isn’t showing his cards.

“It’s a brutal regime, but we’ll be able to handle it,” said Trump at the start of a meeting with technology leaders yesterday.

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