Rodman, a self-described "friend for life" of North Korea strongman Kim Jong Un, arrived in Pyongyang on June 12, the same day Warmbier was released from prison in a coma-like state and had to be carried onto a jet back to the U.S. "The North Koreans need to be held to account for that".
The service was held at the 22-year-old's school in OH, before his burial at a nearby cemetery.
A coroner is trying to determine Warmbier's cause of death.
Through its state-run news agency, KCNA, a government source as said: 'Our relevant agencies treat all criminals in accordance with domestic laws and worldwide standards and Warmbier was not an exception'. It rebuffed "groundless public opinion now circulating in the USA that he died of torture and beating during his reform through labor".
"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well", state-run KCNA news reported.
Ria Westergaard Pedersen, 33, who was with Warmbier in North Korea, told the Danish broadcaster TV2 that he had been nervous when taking pictures of soldiers, and said she doubted North Korea's explanation for his arrest. Hunziker was detained in North Korea for months in 1996 for illegally crossing the border and committed suicide less than a month after he returned to the United States later that year.
Some of the evidence at trial was purported security footage of Warmbier removing a political banner from his hotel. He was released a week later.
Among the expected speakers are Warmbier's brother, Austin, his sister, Greta, and some of his friends, according to the funeral program.
The spokesman said it was a "mystery" as to why Warmbier died days after returning home, but compared his death to the case of another American detainee, Evan Hunziker.
"Some good things came of this trip".
"I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times", he said.
"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses", the spokesman said. I was just so happy. We jumped up and down ... All right man, all right.
China, North Koreas main trading partner, has been accused of not fully enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on its neighbor, and has resisted some tougher measures. "And no excuse for the way they've treated so many others", he said.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out.
Will Rodman and Volo lobby for those Americans' release?
"What am I getting out of this?"