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North Korea Claims Otto Warmbier Sought Regime Change

North Korea Claims Otto Warmbier Sought Regime Change | 18 June 2017 | A North Korean official said that Otto Warmbier, the U.S. student released by North Korea last week in a coma after a 17-month detention, was "not an ordinary citizen of America" and was punished because he had sought to overthrow North Korea's government. The public comments suggest that North Korea is unlikely to back down from claims that Mr. Warmbier, 22 years old, was an agent of entities in the U.S. seeking to undermine the North Korean state, nor from the position that Mr. Warmbier had committed crimes that merited the harsh sentence that he received in January last year. Mr. Warmbier was sentenced by North Korea to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a Pyongyang hotel on behalf of a Methodist church in Virginia and a secret society at the University of Virginia, with the knowledge of the Central Intelligence Agency.