South Korea president Moon Jae-in condemns death of US student released by North Korea
South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Tuesday condoled the death of a United States student who was released by North Korea less than a week ago
Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday condoled the death of a United States student who was released by North Korea less than a week ago.
Moon sent a consolation letter to the family of Otto Warmbier, 22, who passed away within days of his release, Xinhua news agency reported.
Moon's spokesman Park Soo-hyun told the media that the President expressed regrets for the American university student's death in the letter sent to the Warmbier family.
The University of Virginia student was held prisoner in North Korea while travelling.
Warmbier was arrested in January 2016 for allegedly trying to steal an item showing a propaganda slogan, and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in March.
Following a series of diplomatic contacts with Washington, Pyongyang released Warmbier, who was in coma.
Moon took the opportunity to urge Pyongyang to return other South Korean and United States citizens held there, vowing to make all-out efforts for their release.
Moon's comments came ahead of his 29 June visit to Washington for his first two-day summit meeting with United States president Donald Trump.
Kim may also be going back to a tried-and-true technique of pressuring the world with missile launches and outrageous threats before offering negotiations at the last minute meant to extract aid, experts said
The North is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which it says it needs to defend against a US invasion
The North Korean missile tests came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul