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Thousands gather to bid Otto Warmbier farewell

Thousands gather to bid Otto Warmbier farewell”

Thousands of family members, friends and supporters of Otto Warmbier have gathered in Cincinnati to say goodbye to the American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after being returned home to OH in a coma.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" of the incident, insisting that Warmbier's death was a mystery.

North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died on Monday in a USA hospital.

U.S. President Donald Trump blamed "the brutality of the North Korean regime" for Warmbier's death and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had advocated dialogue with the North, said Pyongyang had a "heavy responsibility" in the events leading up to the American's death.

There has been wide speculation that Warmbier suffered some form of physical abuse, which caused "severe damage to all regions of his brain" and ultimately led to his death.

Warmbier had been on a tourist trip to North Korea when he was detained and sentenced to hard labour early previous year for allegedly stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.

KCNA alleged that Warmbier received "humanitarian" treatment throughout his almost 18 months in custody, in accordance with North Korean law.

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He was accused of stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel and, two months later, was sentenced to 15 years hard labour.

Warmbier's father, Fred Warmbier, told a news conference last week that his son had flourished while at the high school. South Korea said the women defected on their own, while North Korea claimed they were deceived and abducted. 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.

"Some good things came of this trip".

DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He told Strahan, "I was just so happy to see the kid released".

Warmbier's death caused a public furor in the USA, bringing home the threat posed by North Korea to average citizens more than dozens of ballistic missile and nuclear tests over the past few years.

The 22-year-old was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while travelling with a tour group.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday that USA patience with Pyongyang is running out.

Meanwhile, North Korea is holding three other Americans as well as six South Koreans.

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