CCTV footage has emerged of the moment an American student was caught stealing a Kim-Jong-Il poster from a North Korean hotel – a crime for which he was sentenced to 15 years of hard toil.

Otto Warmbier said looting the poster was the ‘worst mistake of his life’ after he was sentenced to more than a decade of forced labour in a prison camp on Wednesday on charges of subversion.

North Korea’s state news agency have now released grainy footage and images claiming to show the moment the 21-year-old ripped the banner from the wall.

The banner reads: “Let’s arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong-il patriotism!”

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