(Washington Examiner) President Trump condemned “the brutality of the North Korean regime” as he offered condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was detained in North Korea for more than a year before returning to the United States last week.

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“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,” Trump said in a statement. “The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

Warmbier’s family announced Monday his death. He stood accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner in Pyongyang and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

He was released by North Korea last week. But doctors said he was returned in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and had lost brain tissue in all regions.

“There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life,” Trump said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.”

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