North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier
Jun 26, 2017, 01:48
The diplomat said Warmbier "had been provided with the necessary treatment, although North Korea had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state".
Warmbier died Monday of severe brain damage, which doctors said was likely due to cardiopulmonary arrest.
"This is the place where Otto experienced some of the best moments of his young life, and he would be pleased to know that his return to the United States would be acknowledged on these grounds", he said. He was flown back to the U.S.in a coma, after 17 months imprisonment, but North Korea deny any knowledge of how he became ill.
The agency accused Seoul of tarnishing Pyongyang's image with its "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture" while having no knowledge of the "humanitarian" treatment Warmbier received in the North.
"That's why it remains a mystery for us why he died just a week after returning home", the diplomat said.
Warmbier was detained in North Korea in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang after a short tour of the country. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, but was sent home to OH on June 13 in a coma, dying days after his release, after spending 17 months in captivity.
Some of the proof used against him was purported security footage of him removing a political banner from his hotel.
Warmbier was returned to the United States last week in a coma. He was released a week later.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to thank China for attempting to resolve tensions with North Korea, but declared that Beijing's "efforts" had failed.
Meanwhile, funeral services were held for Otto Warmbier in the auditorium of Wyoming High School in his hometown, as reported by USA Today.
During an appearance on "Good Morning America" Friday, the former National Basketball Association star and his agent said Rodman's visit played a significant role in Warmbier being set free.
Pyongyang then went on, saying North Korea is the "biggest victim" in Warmbier's death.
A handout for the funeral featured a photo of Warmbier posing next to his mother and included a quote from his salutatorian speech in 2013: "This is our season finale. Some good things came out of this trip".
Rodman, who has faced ridicule and criticism for visiting North Korea in the past, has said he was trying to bring sports to the increasingly isolated country.
"What you are seeing, I think, is the American people's frustration with a regime that provokes and provokes and provokes".
It blamed accusations of mistreatment on an American "smear campaign" and accused South Korean of seeking to exploit Warmbier's death to press its own demand for the release of six detainees.
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