North Korea denies torturing detained U.S. student Otto Warmbier
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 12:50
Warmbier had been on a tourist trip to North Korea when he was detained and sentenced to hard labour early past year for allegedly stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.
The KCNA news agency said the North dealt with him according to its domestic laws and global standards.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have again escalated since the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier on Monday, after he was evacuated to the U.S. following 17 months of detention in North Korea.
"If the United States finds that any of the Chinese companies have violated the United Nations resolution, it should point out the wrongdoings so that China can take the necessary measures to punish these companies", Lu said, adding that a gap in perceptions over the objectives of economic sanctions could lead to disappointment for the US.
"[It] compels us to make firm determination that. we should further sharpen the blade of law", he said, adding "the U.S. should ponder over the consequences to be entailed from its reckless and rash act".
The funeral service was held at Warmbier's alma mater, Wyoming High School.
A person believed to be Otto Warmbier is transferred from a medical transport airplane to an awaiting ambulance at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., June 13, 2017.
North Korea said the sentence was appropriate and called speculation that he died as a result of beating or torture "groundless".
The family announced Warmbier's death in a statement, saying that the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we received today". Warmbier's father Fred earlier told reporters that his son was lured to North Korea, as other United States tourists have been, by tour groups run out of China.
US President Donald Trump has said that he shares a cordial relationship with China, a day after he took to Twitter to say that Beijing's efforts to rein in North Korea have "not worked out". This raises the question of what perception Moon held of North Korea before now and where he came by that perception.
"Why the USA government which claims to care about the welfare of its citizens had not even once made an official request for the release of Warmbier on humanitarian basis during the Obama administration?" the statement said.
"The world stage is secondary to the fact that they've lost their child", she said, "and I think we can all certainly appreciate that".