- Title: South Korean President offers condolences to Otto Warmbier's family
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SPOKESMAN FOR PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA, PARK SU-HYUN, SAYING: "Today, President Moon Jae-in will send a letter of condolence to the family of the late Otto Warmbier. President Moon expressed regrets on Warmbier's death and is expected to send words of comfort and condolences to his family and close friends." PARK SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SPOKESMAN FOR PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA, PARK SU-HYUN, SAYING: "Moon said that it is very deplorable that North Korea does not respect human rights which are a universal value. North Korea is still holding U.S. and South Korean citizens. They should swiftly return them to their families and our government will make every effort for that."
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- Keywords: South Korea president Moon Jae-in U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier death
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M2ZPZ9
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: FOR FILE VIDEO OTTO WARMBIER, PLEASE SEE STORY 2207-USA-NORTH KOREA/DETAINEE-FILE
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in offered condolences to Otto Warmbier's family on Tuesday (June 20) following news that the American university student who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months had died.
The Blue House also cited Moon as saying that Pyongyang should swiftly return detained South Koreans and Americans.
South Korea's government will make every effort for the return of those held in North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun told reporters.
Three other U.S. citizens, who are ethnic Koreans, and six South Koreans remain in custody in the reclusive state.
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