Trump slams brutal N. Korean regime after U.S. student dies

Jun 20, 2017, 5:16 AM EDT
Otto Warmbier, 22, suffered "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.
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U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted North Korea for its brutal behavior after the death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student who was held in the Asian state for fifteen months and returned to the U.S. last week.

N. Korea, which said it released Warmbier on humanitarian grounds, has claimed that the student was suffering from a rare illness called botulism, which drove him to coma during the period of his captivity, writes the BBC.

The U.S. doctors, however, claim that Warmbier suffered “severe neurological injury” of unknown cause. Trump offered his condolence to Warmbier’s family as he reiterated his administration’s resolve to prevent his countrymen from falling into the hands of the “brutal regime,” notes The Guardian