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North Korea Denies it Tortured Detainee Warmbier

23 Juin 2017

Heartbreak in OH on Thursday as more than 2,000 mourners helped Otto Warmbier's family say goodbye to their son, who died Monday just days after being returned from North Korea in a coma.

"If that's what their story is, there's no point fighting it if your objective is to get him out", Bergman, who worked on negotiations for the student's release, told the Israeli daily.

Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia when he travelled to North Korea in January 2016 as a tourist. In a news conference before Warmbier's death, they said they could not speculate on the cause of his condition.

"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.

Warmbier was returned to OH on June 13 after being held for more than 17 months.

North Korean officials told USA envoys that Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

Warmbier was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea after being convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang.

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His death heightened the conflict between the North and the United States already aggravated by North Korea's defiant missile launches and two nuclear tests since early past year as part of its effort to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the USA mainland. "Today we're seeing the good", he said, adding that the North Koreans "need to be held accountable" for Mr Warmbier's "appalling" treatment.

Doctors said Warmbier suffered extensive loss of brain tissue and "profound weakness and contraction" of his muscles, arms and legs.

Let us hope Trump puts aside his tendency to respond emotionally and personally to any challenge and formulates a strong response to Warmbier's death without a military confrontation. Asked if he asked for Warmbier's release, Portman said, "Of course".

"He shows no signs of understanding language ..."

Kanter noted that after his arrival at the hospital, Warmbier had not exhibited any "purposeful movement or behavior" and had not spoken. "He has profound weakness of contraction in his arms and legs". "We see no evidence of an acute or healing fracture". He had returned to the United States in a coma after being held captive in North Korea.

Warmbier's father Fred told reporters that his son was lured to North Korea, as other USA tourists have been, by tour groups run out of China.

"You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched - Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two - that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family", the statement said.