“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the USA in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well”, the spokesman said.
On Friday, North Korea denied torturing him in the state’s first reaction since Warmbier’s passing.
Warmbier was released to the United States in a coma on June 13, and died six days later.
“Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the USA, considering that his health got worse”, the agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying. But the spokesman, whom state news did not identify, said that American doctors who flew to Pyongyang to evacuate Mr. Warmbier recognized that the North had “provided him with medical treatment and brought him back alive” after his “heart was almost stopped”. Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for removing a propaganda banner from a hotel while on a church trip.
In a joint interview with ABC News, Rodman’s agent credited Warmbier’s release to Rodman’s brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this month.
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.
Fred Warmbier, the student’s father, said the same thing Thursday: “Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto”.
He told Strahan, “I was just so happy to see the kid released”.
The spokesman also blamed the Obama administration for failing to act sooner to help Warmbier, saying the 22-year-old University of Virginia undergrad was “a victim of policy of ‘strategic patience.’” The Obama administration, the spokesman said, never asked for his release.
No one knew that. We jumped up and down.
The University of DE is cutting ties with a part-time professor who provoked a controversial firestorm for saying North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier “deserved” to die.
The situation has already clouded the foreign policy the US has toward North Korea. “And no excuse for the way they’ve treated so many others”, he said.
“If we could get more trips going over there, I think anything is possible”, Volo said.