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Warmbier death: N. Korea accuses US of 'smear campaign'

Warmbier death: N. Korea accuses US of 'smear campaign'”

In the country's first reaction to Warmbier's death, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency accused the US and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.

Warmbier, an American college student, died Monday just days after he'd been medically evacuated from a North Korean prison following 17 months of detention.

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 U.S. officials, and via third parties.

Mr Warmbier was released earlier this month and returned to the U.S., where he was described as being in a "state of unresponsive wakefulness". Otto Warmbier. And I said to them, 'we...would need his...you know, a release, some type of good faith, if we're ever going to do some type of future sports relations ... KCNA said the North dealt with him according to its domestic laws and global standards.

Pyongyang said they arrested Warmbier as he was boarding his flight home because he had attempted to steal a propaganda banner.

"I gave them the same advice that I'd given to other families", Revere said. "If we could get more trips going over there, I think anything is possible", Volo said.

Rodman said he wished to "give all the prayer and love" to the Warmbier's family, adding "I didn't know that he was sick".

A spokesperson for North Korea said that the rogue nation did provide medical treatment for Warmbier and that the accusations against the North are "groundless" speculation.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Wyoming, Ohio, was 21 when he was detained in North Korea and held for almost 17 months before he was medically evacuated and flown to Cincinnati on June 13.

Rodman, who calls North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a friend, said, "people don't see. the good side about that country".

In the days following his death, North Korea's state media claimed Warmbier's death was a "mystery", according to CNN.

The United States, South Korea and others often accuse North Korea of using foreign detainees to wrest diplomatic concessions. North Korea regarded his alleged act as a "significant offense" against their sovereignty, Revere said.

The North Korean statement said the country was a victim of a "smear campaign" by the United States as a part of a "frantic effort" to impose "heinous sanctions", the NK News website reported.

The North previously released American detainees it had accused and convicted of crimes against the state on the occasion of high-level visits by US officials.



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