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.
Washington is at a turning point in its North Korea policy, with a new terror blacklisting and a more aggressive sanctions regime that is drawing the ire of China and further isolating the embattled regime in Pyongyang.
Otto Warmbier, a student held in North Korea for over a year who died shortly after returning to the US, showed no obvious signs of torture, an Ohio coroner said. That contradicts what Warmbier's parents said they saw.
The White House has once again rejected talks with North Korea. But Washington and Pyongyang have a backdoor diplomatic channel open, as Secretary of State Tillerson recently pointed out. Julian Ryall reports.
Washington's ban on US citizens traveling to North Korea came into force on Friday, with the two countries at loggerheads over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.
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