“We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained”.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday called itself the “biggest victim” of the incident, insisting that Warmbier’s death was a mystery.
North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died on Monday in a USA hospital.
“Unfortunately, the bad, torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today”, Warmbier’s parents said in announcing their son’s death Monday.
They say he suffered a “severe neurological injury”, the most likely cause of which was a cardiopulmonary arrest that had cut the blood supply to the brain. On Friday, ABC’s Michael Strahan sat down with the onetime Chicago Bull to talk about the freaky trip, which coincided with the release of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student held in detention for 17 months after allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster in Pyongyang.
After Warmbier’s death, Trump said on Twitter that China had failed to rein in North Korea, a comment that suggested he was weighing new options to deal with a regime that’s vowed to develop nuclear weapons capable of striking the US mainland.
He’d been accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea.
The statement placed blame for Warmbier’s detainment on former U.S. President Barack Obama, claiming he was “engrossed in utmost hostility and negation against the DPRK”. He was buried Thursday after a funeral attended by thousands.
“Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime”, said U.S. Sen.
A UNIVERSITY of DE professor in the United States is under fire for saying that the college student who died after being held prisoner in North Korea “got exactly what he deserved”.
In a statement issued on Friday, North Korea claimed that the sudden death of Otto Warmbier was a mystery even to their nation as his health indicators were normal, as reported by Yonhap News.
In the statement, Pyongyang also claims they’re the victim of a “smear campaign” created to make “heinous sanctions” more likely.
The casket carrying the remains of Otto Warmbier is carried out of Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, June 22, 2017, following his funeral.
He blasted South Korea, accusing it of seeking to exploit Warmbier’s death to press its own demand for the release of six South Korean detainees.