An American student has been sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in North Korea for stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel. The deed, which the student admitted to doing as a prank, is considered a crime against the state.
In another escalation of strong rhetoric, Pyongyang has accused US President Donald Trump of being "bereft of reason." Both Japan and South Korea have warned the North over its latest threats to the US territory of Guam.
US President Trump stepped up his warnings for North Korea despite German Chancellor Merkel condemning his "verbal escalation." The European Union has meanwhile called an extraordinary meeting to discuss its options.
The United States on Wednesday officially set a September 1 start date for a ban prohibiting its citizens from traveling to North Korea.
A US student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster has died after Pyongyang released him in a coma. His family accused North Korean authorities of "awful torturous mistreatment."
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