North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death 'is a mystery to us'

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatment and care with all sincerity on a humanitarian basis until his return to the USA, considering that his health got worse", said the statement, carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Warmbier, whose parents say has been in a coma while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea, was released and returned to the United States Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the reclusive country.

North Korea's official agency made its first reaction to Moon's speech last week in which he proposed having inter-Korean dialogue if the North does not conduct additional provocations.

Warmbier, who was released on the same day that Rodman arrived in North Korea for a brief visit, was sent back to the U.S.in a state of unresponsive wakefulness, according to doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Warmbier died Monday of severe brain damage, which doctors said was likely due to cardiopulmonary arrest.

KCNA said Pyongyang dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and global standards in spite serving a sentence of hard labour. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, but was sent home to OH on June 13 in a coma, dying days after his release, after spending 17 months in captivity.

Kenneth Bae, an American who was jailed for almost two years in North Korea, told CNN he believed Warmbier could have been tortured, and cautioned other Americans against going to North Korea.

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Mr Warmbier was traveling in North Korea with a tour group.

But Chris Volo, Rodman's agent, told Strahan, "I know being there had something to do with it..." "Later that day, that's when we found out he was ill, no one knew that".

The cause of Warmbier's death is not known, and his family objected to an autopsy.

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.

US President Donald Trump has slammed Warmbier's detention and eventual death as "a total disgrace". This can indeed lead to a comatose state if left untreated, which makes this case even more hard to investigate although Otto's family and doctors aren't buying it. Let's just call this statement by North Korea what this is: trolling. "From what, we don't know". In a news conference before Warmbier's death, they said they could not speculate on the cause of his condition.

I'm not a fan of the Obama administration but this is just pure propaganda.

The United States has demanded North Korea release three other USA citizens it holds in detention: missionary Kim Dong Chul and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song.

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