Friday, January 22, 2016

Stupid American student, Otto Frederick Warmbier, 21, taken hostage in North Korea for 'committing a hostile act under orders from the U.S. government'

Would you take a sightseeing tour in North Korea? 
Apparently some stupid people do.  And it gives North Korea ample opportunity to snatch them up whenever they want some political leverage.  Ridiculous!   

Daily Mail reports this is believed to be the American student arrested in North Korea for allegedly committing a 'hostile act' under orders from Washington.

Otto Frederick Warmbier, from the University of Virginia, was in North Korea for a five-day New Year trip and was detained at Pyongyang airport on January 2 ahead of a flight back to China.
Kim Jong Un's state-run KCNA news agency said Warmbier entered North Korea as a tourist 'in order to destroy the country's unity under the direction of the U.S. government'.

It said the 21-year-old has links to Washington, but did not elaborate.

News of the arrest comes as Washington stepped up pressure on world leaders to impose further sanctions on North Korea over Pyongyang's claimed hydrogen bomb test two weeks ago.

Warmbier is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, according to the university's website.

Gareth Johnson, of China-based Young Pioneer Tours, confirmed Warmbier was on one of its tours and said he had been detained before a flight back to China.

Warmbier was on Young Pioneer's 'New Year's Party Tour', which, according to the itinerary on the company's website, was to include watching fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square in the heart of Pyongyang and an optional helicopter ride. 

Johnson said Young Pioneer Tours was in touch with Warmbier's family and U.S. officials.

'We are in touch with Otto's family, the U.S. State Department and the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang and doing all we can to secure his release,' Johnson added.

The Swedish Embassy represents U.S. interests in North Korea.

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