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

Thousands paid their respects to the young man who died after 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

It's unclear how he came to be in that state. The Trump administration has also sent conflicting signals about whether it would negotiate with North Korea or potentially conduct a military attack to prevent the regime from mastering an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Still more mourners lined roads in Wyoming, a small town of 8,000 residents, and in Cincinnati, where the 22-year-old was laid to rest.

Inside the arts center, mourners were met with a display of belongings Warmbier took with him on what was supposed to be a five-day excursion to North Korea.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well", the spokesman was quoted by KCNA as saying.

China, North Korea's main trading partner, has been accused of not fully enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on its neighbour, and has resisted some tougher measures.

Some of the evidence at trial was purported security footage of Warmbier removing a political banner from his hotel. He was released a week later. And we do nothing but sit and wait - or, in President Donald Trump's case, beg the Chinese to intervene with their client.

"South Korea must realize that following psychopath Trump ... will only lead to disaster", said an editorial in the paper.

Bagpipes played as the body of Otto Warmbier left the high school for the final time.

But the White House - while happy to have returned Warmbier to his family - is now deciding if and how it should respond to his death as it aims to "hold North Korea accountable for [his] unjust imprisonment", according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo). Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cinci.

But Rodman's agent told ABC News said he asked for Warmbier's release on behalf of the former athlete three times before the trip.

North Korea accepted repeated requests from the present USA administration, the spokesman said, and repatriated the student on humanitarian grounds "in consideration of his bad health".

"The impact he made is always going to last with people, so it's just - it doesn't feel real yet, honestly", said Grady Beerch, a friend of Warmbier's. "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".

China and the United States reached an important consensus on the development of bilateral relations and security issues at a high-level dialogue held Wednesday in the USA capital of Washington D.C.

"I'm going to remember him as being smart, wearing insane sweaters and just simply being larger than life", said Cynthia Meis, Otto's former college admissions counselor.

"There's no excuse for the way the North Koreans treated our son".

  • Salvatore Jensen