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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4 comments:

  1. News of Warmbier’s arrest shocked those at home.

    “Praying for you buddy see you soon,” one friend wrote on Twitter.

    "You guys please pray for my friend Otto Warmbier he is currently being detained in North Korea!! Send your love his way please!" another posted on Facebook.

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    Omid Mianegaz, 42, told INSIDE EDITION he was floored that this could happen to the boy he remembered as a sociable and positive kid who played club soccer in his hometown of Cincinnati.

    “I thought, ‘Oh my God,'” said the former coach at the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy, where Warmbier played through high school.

    “It’s just shocking. It really hasn’t even sunk in, the scale of what this is,” he said.

    Warmbier’s magnetic personality made him a pleasure to be around, Mianegaz recalled.

    “He’s one of those kids who are extra well-liked. Everybody gravitated toward him. You remember him, because he just kind of stood out. I remember thinking, ‘boy, that guy’s going to enjoy college,’ just because of his personality,” he continued.

    Warmbier's former teammate, Trey Lonneman, told IE that this couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

    "When I heard, I was just shocked and immediately I was just so sad." said Lonneman, 21, who played soccer with Warmbier for more than a decade.

    "He comes from a small town within Cincinnati and I'm sure everyone over there is heartbroken," he continued. "There couldn't be a worse person for this situation to happen to. I can't even wrap my head around this right now. It's surreal."

    ...

    The accusations stunned Lonneman, who said: "He's just the nicest, most well-mannered, respectful people in the community.

    "If I had to pick one of my friends to be President of the United States, I would honestly, without a doubt, turn to Otto. He's everything you could ask for in a friend, in a teammate. This whole thing is tragic," Lonneman continued. "When I heard what happened, I was absolutely flabbergasted."

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  2. Stupid rich kid who needs to grow up.

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  3. Well, that's quite the "education" he is going to receive. Tough luck.

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  4. Why would anybody want to visit a known hostile country who can set you for anything? It's a thin line between adventurism, curiosity & stupidity.

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