North Korea accuses USA of 'smear campaign' over Warmbier death

North Korea accuses USA of 'smear campaign' over Warmbier death”

North Korea said on Friday the death of USA university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that Mr Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".

In a statement on Friday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected Washington's claims that Warmbier had been provided with proper medical treatment, saying North Korea was also puzzled why the student died right after arriving in the United States.

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.

Doctors at the hospital said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

The KCNA said the North dealt with Mr Warmbier, 22, according to domestic law and global standards.

Two months later, he was found guilty of committing "hostile acts" against the North Korean regime and sentenced to 15 years' hard labor in a trial that reportedly lasted about an hour.

Chris Volo, Rodman's agent who joined the athlete on his trip, told ABC News that before they went, "I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times".

He was sent to his home in OH on Tuesday, June 13, on "humanitarian grounds", but died just six days later having been sent home in a coma.

Rodman is feeling the major blowback and insisting, "I didn't know that he was sick".

He was flown back to the a coma, after 17 months imprisonment, but North Korea deny any knowledge of how he became ill.

He said: "Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier has passed away".

"I think people don't see him as ... a friendly guy", Rodman said about Kim, adding, "If you actually talk to him you would see a different side of him".

A program for the memorial carried a quote from Andy Bernard, a character on the television show The Office: "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them".

The hermit state broke its silence after South Korea said the North bore responsibility for Warmbier's fate and President Donald Trump slammed his detention and death as "a total disgrace". North Korea's cruel treatment of Warmbier must be condemned by all nations.

In an interview Wednesday with CNN in Seoul, Bae said he was threatened a few times during his 735 days in a North Korean prison but never tortured. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident", he said, calling the accusations of abuse "groundless".

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