North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has reportedly gone into hiding over fears of a strike from the U.S. ‘decapitation squad’ after the death of American student Otto Warmbier.
Warmbier, 22, was jailed in North Korea for trying to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel – and he was returned to the U.S. last week, having been in a coma for a year. His death was confirmed yesterday.
South Korean intelligence chairman Lee Cheol-woo said:
Kim is engrossed with collecting information about the decapitation operation through his intelligence agencies.
Kim Jong-un is reportedly travelling through the north, incognito, over fears of an assassination attempt.
Authorities in North Korea said Otto had contracted botulism, a rare illness that causes paralysis, shortly after his trial in March 2016. They said he was given a sleeping pill and had been in a coma ever since.
But a team of doctors assessing him back in America said they had found ‘no sign’ of botulism.
The news comes after President Donald Trump called North Korea a ‘brutal regime’ in an official statement.
Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing. There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.
Otto’s fate deepens my Administration’s determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency.
The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.
Otto’s parents, Fred and Cindy, have also spoken out, stating their son had been subjected to ‘awful torturous mistreatment’.