North Korea is a danger to the entire world.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un continues testing his arsenal while ignoring the rest of the world’s wishes.
But North Korea’s newest action shows just how insidious the country is, and the nations need to come together to handle them immediately.
Devious North Korea has had a reputation for imprisoning their citizens to hard labor for 15 years if they don’t pray to their Supreme Leader.
But when it comes to that kind of treatment to an American citizen, that’s where we should draw the line.
The Washington Times reports:
“Otto F. Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was in a coma last week when North Korea released him after 17 months of detention, died at a Cincinnati hospital Monday, sparking outrage and accusations of ‘murder’ lodged against the communist regime that held him.
The student died as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang were on the rise.
‘Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,’
Fred and Cindy Warmbier and other family members said in a statement announcing their son’s death.
President Trump called Mr. Warmbier the “latest victim” of Pyongyang’s dictatorship, saying ‘the United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime.’
‘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,’ Mr. Trump said in a statement.”
President Trump also addressed this issue on Twitter the next morning as well, obviously indicating he is done with North Korea’s actions.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
This tweet verifies significant changes are going to be made in how we deal with North Korea.
But knowing the extent of Mr. Warmbier’s case and the circumstances that led to his death will show you the deceit of this nation.
The Washington Times continued:
“Mr. Warmbier’s case took a series of surprising turns in recent weeks after an announcement by the government of Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang that it was suddenly freeing the 22-year-old for ‘humanitarian’ reasons.
In an announcement that appeared in state-controlled media, North Korean authorities gave no indication about Mr. Warmbier’s medical condition.
Confusion about Mr. Warmbier’s treatment while in custody swirled when news broke that he was allowed to be rescued by medevac from Pyongyang and taken to a hospital in his home state of Ohio, where U.S. doctors quickly assessed that he was comatose and likely suffered a massive trauma to the head while in detention.
An assessment based on dated MRI scans that were reportedly provided by the North Korean government determined that Mr. Warmbier sustained the catastrophic brain injury sometime after Pyongyang circulated a video of the American student apologizing on North Korean state television in February 2016.
North Korean authorities arrested Mr. Warmbier in January 2016 while he was trying to leave the country. Then a junior at the University of Virginia, Mr. Warmbier had been studying abroad for the year in China when he decided to hire a Chinese-based tour company to make the risky visit to Pyongyang.
Authorities charged Mr. Warmbier with committing ‘hostile acts’ and accused him of trying to steal a propaganda poster from inside the Yanggakdo Hotel, where he was staying in the North Korean capital.
The North Koreans sentenced Mr. Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor. After his appearance on the video, little information was known or circulated on his whereabouts inside the isolated nation.”
What’s scarier is that North Korea has three other Americans detained in their prisons because Americans are frequently used as bargaining chips for the North Korean regime to gain legitimacy on the world stage or to push for an easing of sanctions.
So it’s high time the nations to join together to stop this tyrannical dictator.