University of Virginia student confesses to ‘hostile act against the DPRK’
10:24 PM EST, Sun February 28, 2016
Otto Frederick Warmbier allegedly confessed to crimes against the DPRK in a press conference held on Monday morning February 29, 2016 in Pyongyang. It is not known if Warmbier was forced by the DPRK to speak, or whether he was coerced.
The 21-year old University of Virginia was not restrained, and was wearing dark trousers, a light-colored blazer, shirt and tie.
The press conference took place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, in a packed out room with international media present.
Warmbier bowed, apologizing to "the Korean people" and said he was manipulated by the U.S. government.
Some DPRK observers believe that the timing of Warmbier's press conference, as the U.S. and international community discuss implementing new sanctions, could be a deliberate move by the regime.