It is with great shock and sadness that we heard today about the death of Otto Warmbier. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with the Warmbier family, and all those touched by this awful and devastating tragedy.
This young man did not deserve the disproportionate sentence given to him, and what followed was a disgrace, which we categorically condemn — from the paucity of information provided during his detention, and the worrying lack of consular visits, to the distressing and horrifying condition in which he was returned to his family.
We are sickened by those involved in Otto Warmbier’s treatment, and join those demanding a full explanation. We hope that everyone inside and outside of North Korea comes to know the full and true story of what happened to Otto, and we are saddened beyond belief that his unjust imprisonment should end in such tragedy.
We are discussing this matter frankly with our Korean travel partners, and the foreign organisations active in Pyongyang that we liaise with, and are currently reviewing the issue of US citizens travelling to North Korea. We continue to take all steps necessary to ensure those who travel with us are fully aware of the risks involved and have all the information they need.