After Warmbier’s death: Seoul urges North Korea to release additional detainees

Hours after American university student Otto Warmbier passed away after being held captive by North Korea for 17 months, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang to free the American and South Korean citizens it is detaining.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in Photo Credit: EPA

South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang today (Tuesday) to quickly return the South Korean and U.S. nationals who are being detained by the isolated dictatorship. Moon’s demand comes just a few hours after American university student Otto Warmbier, who was held captive by North Korea for over a year, passed away in Cincinnati. A few days ago, North Korea released Warmbier, who was in a coma, citing “humanitarian reasons.”

At the moment, North Korea has three Korean-Americans and six South Koreans in custody. Two of the Korean-Americans were recently detained and the third was arrested in March 2016. Warmbier was arrested at the airport in Pyongyang in January 2016 for allegedly trying to smuggle a propaganda poster out of the country.

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Meanwhile, defense officials in Seoul said that the South Korean military plans to conduct a joint exercise with two U.S. bombers on Tuesday over the skies of the Korean Peninsula. The officials said that this joint drill is part of a scheduled exercise.



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