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North Korea Defends Otto Warmbier's Treatment

24 Juin 2017

Dennis Rodman suggested Friday that he is partly responsible for the release of USA college student Otto Warmbier, who died Monday after being released by North Korea.

North Korea has tested a rocket engine that could be fitted to an intercontinental ballistic missile, a USA official said, in an apparent provocation ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and the leader of South Korea.

Doctors in the U.S. said Warmbier had severe brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". But it's unclear how he came to be in that state.

North Korea on Friday denied that Warmbier had been mistreated during his detention.

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

In the first official reaction to his death, a spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council earlier on Friday said that Warmbier was treated according to "international standards".

"The United States once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim".

His family and others blamed North Korea for his condition.

Some of the proof used against him was purported security footage of him removing a political banner from his hotel. He was released a week later.

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President Trump called what happened to Warmbier a "disgrace", saying that things might have turned out differently if he had been released sooner.

As the rogue regime repeatedly threatened the US and its regional allies, testing missiles at least nine times since Trump's election, the administration looked to China to help.

More than 2,500 family, friends and well-wishers gathered for his funeral in OH on Thursday.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he and his representatives begged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un three times to release American college student Otto Warmbier, who died just days after being released from captivity in the country. "Because when I was organizing the trip. and I meet with the delegates here, you know, I addressed Otto Warmbier".

"It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost - future time that won't be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds", the family said in a statement earlier this week.

"I know being there had something to do with it", Volo said of Warmbier's release. I was just so happy.

"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.

The spokesman said North Korea could not understand why Mr. Warmbier died so suddenly after returning home because his health indicators were "normal" upon his release.

North Korea Defends Otto Warmbier's Treatment