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Trump labels N Korea ‘a cruel state’ after death of Otto Warmbier

The American student had spent more than a year in detention after being accused of stealing a political poster from a restricted floor in his hotel.

FILE: US student Otto Frederick Warmbier. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - US President Donald Trump has labelled North Korea a cruel state, following the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

Warmbier has spent more than a year in detention following the North Korean government's claim he had stolen a political poster from a restricted floor in his hotel.

He was in the country for a five-day sightseeing trip in January last year.

Less than a week after returning home, the 22-year-old died in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday.

A tragic end to a North Korean holiday, Warmbier’s detention, his comatose release, his untimely death is hardening language in Washington.

“It’s a brutal regime and we’ll be able to handle it.”

US Senator John McCain said Warmbier was murdered by the Kim Jong-un regime.

WATCH: Questions raised after US student detained in North Korea dies

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