Sen. John McCain is mourning the death of 22-year-old University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who died on Monday after being released from imprisonment in North Korea in a coma.

“I was saddened to learn about the death of Otto Warmbier today following his unjust imprisonment and torture in North Korea. I send my heartfelt condolences to Otto’s family and friends as they grieve this tragic loss,” McCain, 80, said in a statement.

“Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime,” the Arizona senator continued. “In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder.”

McCain was held captive in North Vietnam for nearly six years, from 1967 – 1973, after his Skyhawk dive bomber plane was shot down over Hanoi. McCain was taken prisoner and put into solitary confinement with fractures in his right leg and both arms, and received minimal care.

“North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear …read more


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