Otto Frederick Warmbier, a junior at the University of Virginia and Cincinnati, OH native was detained by North Korean authorities on January 2nd while on a tour of the insular-nation’s capital.
The North Koreans said that Warmbier entered the country “for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the U.S. government.”
He was detained for carrying out “a hostile act against the DPRK.”
The U.S. State Department, in conjunction with the Swedish consulate (which helps Americans in cases like these) are on the case.
The Chinese based tour company “Young Pioneers Tours” claims it “provides budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”
Some of the government officials from Warmbier’s home had this to say:
A University of Virginia college student from Cincinnati has been detained in North Korea after being accused of a “hostile act” against the government.
Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained January 2 in Pyongyang, according to Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel company that organized his trip.
The company’s website says it “provides budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”
North Korean state media said Warmbier, who reportedly entered North Korea on a tourist visa, is accused of carrying out “a hostile act against the DPRK,” referring to the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.
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