North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

Trevor Jackson
June 25, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he held North Korea responsible for the student's death.

It's unclear how he came to be in that state. However, North Korea claimed Warmbier contracted the illness and became comatose as a result of taking a sleeping pill.

"Our relevant agencies treat all criminals. thoroughly in accordance with domestic laws and global standards and Warmbier was not an exception", a spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council said.

Pyongyang rebutted allegations by USA that Otto had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".

"That's why it remains a mystery for us why he died just a week after returning home", the diplomat said.

Warmbier, 22, was arrested in the reclusive country while visiting as a tourist.

Some of the evidence at trial was purported security footage of Warmbier removing a political banner from his hotel.

Warmbier passed away June 19, shortly after returning to the United States. He was released a week later.

President Donald Trump did not attend the funeral, but has blasted Warmbier's death as "a total disgrace". He could not speak or move voluntarily, and his doctors said he suffered extensive brain damage. After global outrage and over a year of imprisonment, North Korea released Warmbier last week, saying his health had deteriorated after a bout of botulism.

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The spokesman also said that "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to the North to examine Warmbier before his release and allegedly acknowledged that North Korean doctors had "brought him back alive" after his heart almost stopped.

Chris Volo, Rodman's agent, sat alongside his client during the interview with Michael Strahan and detailed what he said was their involvement with Warmbier's release.

"Who did the North Korean government tell about this?"

"He had a deep desire to know God in a personal way", Thomas said.

Warmbier was sent back to the a state of unresponsive wakefulness, according to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In a news conference before Warmbier's death, they said they could not speculate on the cause of his condition.

"I didn't know he was sick", Rodman says.

"Otto's a young, thrill-seeking, great kid who was going to be in that part of the world for a college experience and said, 'Hey, I've heard some friends who have done this". His parents deserve to know what happened to their son-and it's likely that they'll never find out.

"I'm spending hundreds of dollars just to go over there to try to just open the door a little bit", Rodman said. We jumped up and down ... All right man, all right. China has proposed moving forward with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as negotiations for a North Korea-US peace treaty, and it has also called for simultaneously suspending North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile provocations and the South Korea-US joint military exercises.

On Wednesday, the Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper based in Japan, made a similar condemnation for his speech delivered to mark the 17th anniversary of an inter-Korean summit on June 15, 2000. "And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others", he said. Three Americans also remain in custody in the North.

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