SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Ohio’s governor has called North Korea’s detention of a U.S. university student from Ohio “inexcusable.”
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said in a message on his Twitter account that the student should be “released & returned immediately.”
Kasich has been in New Hampshire campaigning ahead of the state’s Feb. 9 primary.
Wyoming City Schools spokeswoman Susanna Max said the arrested student, Otto Warmbier, was the salutatorian of his 2013 graduating class and played soccer for Wyoming High School in the suburb north of Cincinnati.
North Korea announced Friday that Warmbier was arrested for committing a “hostile act” while visiting the authoritarian country.