White house says North Korea seeks to use US citizens as pawns

By REUTERS
March 16, 2016 20:23

 
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The White House said on Wednesday that it has become "increasingly clear" that North Korea seeks to use US citizens as pawns to pursue a political agenda.

North Korea's supreme court on Wednesday sentenced American student Otto Warmbier, who was arrested while visiting the country, to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state.

When asked about Warmbier, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that there was "no greater priority" for the administration than the welfare and safety of US citizens abroad.

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