North Korea Defends Otto Warmbier's Treatment

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.

The casket carrying the remains of Otto Warmbier is carried out of Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio on June 22, 2017, following the funeral for Otto Warmbier.

As the United States urges China to exert great pressure on North Korea, U.S. spy satellites have detected new activity around the regime's known nuclear test site, leading to speculation Pyongyang may be getting ready to conduct yet another round of missile tests. Warmbier's doctors said he suffered extensive brain damage.

The spokesman, who was not named, said that United States doctors who travelled to North Korea to carry out Warmbier's medical evacuation had recognised that he had been given medical treatment and, despite his serious medical condition, had been sent back to the USA alive. He was arrested for allegedly stealing a political sign from a restricted area and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

"Our relevant agencies treat all criminals. thoroughly in accordance with domestic laws and global standards and Warmbier was not an exception", a spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council said.

Rodong Sinmun claimed Mr Trump was considering a pre-emptive strike on North Korea in order to divert attention from a political crisis in the U.S. and said the president was in a "tough situation" at home.

So many showed up that officials had to turn about a hundred people away once roughly 2,000 had filled an auditorium, cafeteria and gym for the service.

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.

But doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was eventually flown upon his release, found no traces of active botulism.

"He should have been brought home a long time ago", Trump said.

Otto Warmbier's brother, sister and friends were scheduled to speak at the funeral Thursday in his hometown of Wyoming, near Cincinnati.

Vagonis urged the audience to remember the three remaining Americans held captive in North Korea.

It was his life that held mourners' attention Thursday as they fondly remembered a spirited student-athlete who was socially magnetic and had a positive impact on the people around him, whether it was in class, at a swim club or in his travels.

The North's foreign ministry spokesman also said in comments carried by the official KCNA agency that Warmbier was "a victim of the policy of strategic patience" of former U.S. President Barack Obama whose government never requested his release. The agent, Chris Volo, said he believes Rodman's trips to North Korea "had a lot to do" with Warmbier's release.

  • Larry Hoffman