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(LEAD) Moon deplores North Korea's rights violations after U.S. student's death

All News 11:02 June 20, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with additional remarks, more information in paras 3-5)

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in deplored North Korea's human rights violations Tuesday, expressing condolences to the family of a U.S. student who died following 17 months of captivity in the communist North.

"President Moon Jae-in expressed regrets after hearing the news of (Otto) Warmbier's death, and the president plans to send his condolences and consolation to his family and relatives," Park Soo-hyun, spokesman for the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, told a press briefing.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student returned home last week after 17 months of detention in the North, but in a coma. He died Monday (U.S. time) due to what his family has called the "awful torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

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Moon, in a recent interview with a foreign news outlet, said it was "deplorable that North Korea does not respect human rights, which are the universal norms and values of humankind," according to Park.

"The president has also raised questions whether the North had fulfilled its human rights duties, such as notifying Warmbier's family of his condition when it worsened and allowing him to receive the best treatment," the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said.

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