WASHINGTON The White House said on Wednesday that it has become "increasingly clear" that North Korea seeks to use U.S. citizens as pawns to pursue a political agenda.
North Korea's supreme court on Wednesday sentenced American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labour for crimes against the state.
When asked about Warmbier, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that there was "no greater priority" for the administration than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Timothy Gardner)
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