Horrifying video exposes brutal tactics of Otto Warmbier's North Korean torturers

The arrest, imprisonment and death of 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier brought light to the brutality of the North Korean regime that has long gone largely unknown by the public.

Though the draconian conditions prisoners are subjected to inside North Korea's prison camps and detention centers have been documented before, for many, Warmbier's death has greatly raised the level of awareness of just how far the regime will go to enforce its rule.

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Otto Warmbier: A timeline of the student's North Korea imprisonment
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Otto Warmbier: A timeline of the student's North Korea imprisonment

January 2016: Warmbier is imprisoned in North Korea, charged with stealing an item that had a state propaganda slogan on it.

March 2016: Warmbier is sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea

March 2016 - 2017: The United States advocates for North Korea's allowing Sweden access to Warmbier and three other American citizens, pushing for their release.

January 2017: President Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, signaling a seat change in American foreign diplomacy.

February 2017: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefs President Trump on the situation surrounding Warmbier's imprisonment in North Korea.Trump directs Tillerson to take all appropriate measures in securing the release of U.S. hostages in North Korea.

May 2017:  The U.S. State Department and North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs hold a meeting in Oslo, Norway, during which they agree to the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang's access to all four detainees. Sweden is later granted these visitation rights, prompting North Korea to request a meeting with the United States.

June 6, 2017 - State Department Special Representative Joseph Yun meets with North Korean ambassador Pak Gil Yon at the United Nations in New York. Yun learns during this meeting that Warmbier has been in a coma for over a year.

June 6-11, 2017: Secretary of State Tillerson instructs Yun to travel to North Korea with the mission of bringing back Warmbier. They travel with a medical team to Pyongyang.

June 12, 2017: Through Yun, the United States is able for the first time to confirm Warmbier's status. The U.S. demands Warmbier be released on humanitarian conditions. North Korea complies.

June 13, 2017: Warmbier is evacuated from North Korea, travels to Ohio where he will reunite with his family.

June 13, 2017: Otto Warmbier arrives home to Cincinnati, Ohio
June 15, 2017: Otto Warmbier's father, Fred, speaks out during a press conference on his son's return home.
June 15, 2017: Doctors give updates on Warmbier's status during a news conference at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months prior to being returned home in a coma, died at a hospital in Cincinatti, Ohio on Jun. 19. His family said that Warmbier lapsed into a coma in March 2016, shortly after receiving a 15-year sentence of hard labor in North Korea for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan.

North Korea claims it doesn't know why Warmbier's health took such a stark decline, and there is not much else known about how the student slipped into a coma in the first place. What is known is that after months of imprisonment in a North Korean detainment center, Warmbier ended up dying soon after his return to the United States.

However, a newly exposed video from 2012 could provide some insight into how the country treats those imprisoned under the Kim dynasty.

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The horrifying video provides a look inside the country's prison system.

The short clip shows a man being brutally beaten as his legs are repeatedly twisted while he sits blindfolded and handcuffed in a chair.

In another video, a woman is being repeatedly punched and kicked by a North Korean agent after she was accused of having sex with Chinese and South Korean men.

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In their first remarks responding to the death of Warmbier, North Korean officials called themselves the "biggest victim" in the tragedy and accused the U.S. of corroborating with South Korea in a "smear campaign" insulting what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well," North Korean officials said Friday.

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses."

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