North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in US student's death

North Korea on Friday denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma.

He was 22-years-old. There has been mass outcry toward the North Korean's dictatorial regime, including U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) who called the actions towards Warmbier murder. North Korea said he had contracted botulism and that it was releasing him on "humanitarian grounds". Through statements on KCNA, North Korea said it dealt with him according to its domestic laws and worldwide standards.

The horror of the Warmbier case is not only about the inhumane treatment of an American by the North Korean regime but also about the political posturing of all of the nations involved.

Pyongyang's chilling threat comes weeks after Pope Francis warned, the world would be destroyed if North Korea and the United States went to war.

At the start of the meetings, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the press that both Washington and Beijing officials stand behind their request that North Korea "halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile tests".

The Hamilton County coroner is trying to determine the cause of Warmbier's death Monday. -Chinese military cooperation to reduce risk of conflict; and efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. However, North Korea is now saying that they are the real victim in all this. But U.S. officials learned after his return that he had been in a state of coma for weeks before he was returned to the U.S.

Kye, undoubtedly prepped by Pyongyang, seemed intent on driving a wedge between the US - which prioritizes denuclearization of North Korea - and South Korea, whose new president appears to favor direct North-South dialogue.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the administration would "continue to apply economic and political pressure" on North Korea, in conjunction with USA allies and China, "to change this behaviour and this regime".

Last week, Tillerson told a Senate hearing that China's efforts on North Korea had been "uneven". Rodman, who reportedly has a personal friendship with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, traveled to the communist country June 13.

But India condemned North Korea in January for its nuclear testing, and announced a trade ban covering all items prohibited under sanctions by the U.N. Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency, excluding food and medicine.

Insisting they have not "overlooked" any of these provocations, in a statement, Pyongyang claimed "the danger of a nuclear war has reached the height on the Korean peninsula".

Washington has one threat it can use with Beijing: The possibility of "secondary" sanctions that go after Chinese companies doing business in North Korea. The route to inflicting significant economic pain on Kim's government remains through China. India imported $87 million from North Korea in 2016, trailing only China, and exported $54 million to rank third after China and Russian Federation. Such a move risks fraying relations between the world's two biggest economies.

  • Leroy Wright