North Korea denies torturing U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier

Posted June 25, 2017

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the USA considering that his health got worse", the agency quoted an unnamed spokesman of Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry as saying. But it's unclear how he came to be in that state.

Still more lined roads in Wyoming, a small town of 8,000 residents, and in Cincinnati, where the 22-year-old was laid to rest.

"Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the official Xinhua news agency said.

Warmbier died Monday after his June 13 return to his home state of OH, where doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center treated him.

Warmbier was traveling in North Korea with a tour group, and was arrested at Pyongyang airport as he was about to leave.

Some of the proof used against him was purported security footage of him removing a political banner from his hotel. He was released a week later. Yang later met with U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House, where they also discussed North Korea, Xinhua reported.

"He should have been brought home a long time ago", Trump said.

Otto Warmbier's brother, sister and friends were among the scheduled speakers for the funeral Thursday at a high school in his hometown of Wyoming, near Cincinnati. 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. His family and others have blamed North Korea for his condition.

Rodman's agent, Chris Volo, says his client personally lobbied the Pyongyang government for Warmbier's return home.

Refuting these accusations, an unnamed spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry told KCNA that painting such a defamatory portrait of North Korea will only lead the country to harshen treatment for foreign detainees in the future. Because when I was organizing the trip ... and I meet with the delegates here, you know, I addressed...

"They have subjected hundreds of thousands of their own people to mistreatment, torture and death for decades", he said.

Rodman told ABC News he didn't know Warmbier was in a coma when he heard the news of his release. "It ain't about trying to release people", Rodman said.

The University of DE values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study overseas; therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with our values. No one knew that.

I'm not a fan of the Obama administration but this is just pure propaganda. We jumped up and down. All right man, all right. "Today we're seeing the good, and the love that will be expressed through this outpouring of support for Otto and his family", Portman said. Tillerson said earlier in the week that he planned to press China on resolving the North Korean crisis.

He added, "They're so happy now, because it's more like ... it's civilized again".

North Korea is run by a brutal dictatorship and is often referred to as the Hermit Kingdom because it is so cut off from the rest of the world.