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North Korea denies torturing U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier

North Korea denies torturing U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier”

North Korea has accused the U.S. of conducting a smear campaign against the regime over Otto Warmbier, the American student who was sent home in a coma after 17 months in prison.

A USA diplomat who traveled to North Korea to secure the release of American college student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) plans to attend his funeral in OH on Thursday. North Korean officials said Warmbier had contracted botulism and was given a sleeping pill and fell into a coma last April from which he never awoke.

Upon his return to the U.S., doctors who examined Warmbier said the former University of Virginia student had incurred significant brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, had been held in North Korea for 17 months after he was accused of attempting to steal a propaganda banner while he was visiting the country with a tour group.

USA doctors said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and global standards. In the wake of the needless, cruel death of American student Otto Warmbier, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor essentially for a prank, Kim Jong Un is in more trouble than he can imagine.

Otto Warmbier was supposed to graduate from the University of Virginia with the class of 2017, but instead, his family is preparing to bury their son.

His family laid out all the belongings Warmbier had with him when he returned from that fateful trip to North Korea.

Mr Warmbier was flown home in a coma after being released for what was described as humanitarian reasons.

The family of former North Korean prisoner Otto Warmbier decided they did not want an autopsy performed after his death.

U.S. doctors say there is no evidence he suffered from botulism, and the Warmbier family believe he died as a result of "awful torturous mistreatment".

The family spokesman, Mickey Bergman, told The Times of Israel that the family chose not to disclose Warmbier's Judaism as negotiations went forward so as not to embarrass North Korea, which had announced that Warmbier stole the poster on orders from the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are not expected to attend the funeral.

His funeral was held on Thursday.

The bill, introduced late last month by Representatives Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, and Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, would ban tourist travel to North Korea and require a license from the Treasury Department for any other travel to North Korea.

American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted March 16, 2016, at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The article also criticised South Korea for using Mr Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees.

"Those who have absolutely no idea about how well we treated Warmbier under humanitarian conditions dare to utter "mistreatment" and "torture".

"No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier's death have been drawn at this time", the medical examiner's office said, according to NBC News.



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