Otto Warmbier's death 'is a mystery to us'

"It's nearly just trying to reach out for sports and see if I can bring sports to North Korea".

"This college kid never should have been detained in the first place", said Portman, who met secretly with North Korean officials in NY last December to press for Warmbier's release.

"I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times", he said. Otto Warmbier. And I said to them, 'we...would need know, a release, some type of good faith, if we're ever going to do some type of future sports relations. He spent more than a year in a North Korean prison after being sentenced to 15 years of prison and hard labor for allegedly stealing a political propaganda poster from his Pyongyang hotel in January 2016.

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

Rodman insisted to ABC that he did not know Warmbier was sick at the time of his release. A spokesman for the family said this week that they chose not to disclose his Judaism during negotiations for his release so as not to antagonize North Korea.

Rodman says he wanted to "give all the prayer and love" to the Warmbiers. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from the Cincinnati area, told reporters that North Korea must be held accountable for Warmbier's detention and death.

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses", the statement adds. We jumped up and down ...

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said, "People don't see ... the good side about that country", when discussing his recent trip to North Korea with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday. Otto Warmbier's release on the day Rodman arrived in the country shows "some good things came of this trip", he says.

On Friday, North Korea denied torturing him in the state's first reaction since Warmbier's passing. Warmbier is said to have suffered a severe neurological injury.

"The smear campaign against [North Korea] staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law", the spokesman added.

  • Leroy Wright