North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier

27 June, 2017, 14:30 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried from Wyoming High School followed by his father Fred Warmbier center after the funeral Thursday in Wyoming Ohio. Otto Warmbier a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was sentenced in Mar

North Korea convicted Warmbier last year of stealing a political banner and was sentenced to fifteen years hard labor.

Mourners have gathered for the funeral of a United States college student who was detained in North Korea for more than a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma.

The information came via USA officials who informed CNN about new activity spotted by us spy satellites around North Korea's underground nuclear test site.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S.is a mystery to us as well", KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying.

Otto Warmbier, 22, a University of Virginia junior, essentially was sent home by that communist country to die in the United States.

Warmbier was detained and sentenced to hard labor early past year while he was in a hotel on a tourist trip.

He returned to the United States last week with brain damage, in what doctors described as state of "unresponsive wakefulness", and died on Monday.

A North Korean official with direct knowledge of the case tells CNN that Warmbier is accused of meeting a year ago with a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio-a small suburb of Cincinnati.

A former senior State Department official said the United States had made repeated requests for Warmbier's release on humanitarian grounds under Obama, including via the North Korean mission at the United Nations, via the Swedish mission in Pyongyang, at unofficial talks with North Korean officials involving former US officials, and via third parties. "I strongly condemn such actions by North Korea".

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DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I did go to NY and meet with North Korean officials", Portman told The Enquirer. "We can not know for sure that North Korea killed Mr. Warmbier, but I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr. Warmbier's death".

The casket carrying the remains of Otto Warmbier is carried out of Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, June 22, 2017, following his funeral.

The article said South Korea was tarnishing North Korea's image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture".

"I think that he had a deep desire to know God in a personal way, and I know he was involved with doing some mission work and stuff like that", said Steve Thomas, Warmbier's former soccer coach.

"The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law", the spokesman added.

The exact cause of Mr Warmbier's death is unclear. Officials at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was treated, declined to provide details, and Warmbier's family on Tuesday asked that the Hamilton County Coroner not perform an autopsy. His mother is Jewish, but the family is not observant, according to Bergman.

On Thursday, Warmbier was laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, after a funeral at Wyoming High School, where Warmbier had graduated as salutatorian in 2013, before becoming a business major at UVA. The agent, Chris Volo, said he believes Rodman's trips to North Korea "had a lot to do" with Warmbier's release. "Some good things came out of this trip".

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