American man detained in North Korea has died

The American man detained in North Korea for 17 months, has died.

22 year old Otto Warmbier was medically evacuated to the U.S after suffering severe brain damage while in custody in North Korea.

His family announced the news a week after he was returned to the U.S in a coma. He died surrounded by family at a hospital in his home town of Cincinnati,Ohio.


His family say the awful mistreatment he received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured no other outcome was possible.

He fell ill last year, shortly after being sentenced to 15 years hard labour in the country for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.

US President Donald Trump immediately responded to the news.

The White House released a statement from Mr Trump, offering his deepest condolences to the family of Mr Warmbier.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.

“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.”