Although Rodman appeared to believe he played some role in securing Warmbier’s release, he maintained his visits to North Korea were not an attempt to carry out a political agenda or negotiate for detainees’ release.
American student Otto Warmbier was held in a North Korean prison camp for a a year and a half for allegedly stealing a poster, before he was emergency air-lifted home in mid-June while in a coma.
North Korea has denied torturing U.S. student Otto Warmbier who died days after being released in a coma a year into a 15-year sentence for stealing a poster.
Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia, called Warmbier “one of the most intellectually curious people I’ve ever met” during the June 22 service at Wyoming High School near Cincinnati, the Associated Press reported.
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 U.S. alive.
The KCNA said the North dealt with Mr Warmbier, 22, according to domestic law and global standards.
Warmbier’s release coincided with former basketball star Dennis Rodman’s latest visit to North Korea, though USA national security spokesman Michael Anton denied there was a connection between the two.
Rodman told ABC News he didn’t know Warmbier was in a coma when he heard the news of his release.
Mr Warmbier was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea in 2015 and was later convicted of subversion.
North Korea released him last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons and he died Monday in a USA hospital.
The United States has demanded North Korea release three other U.S. citizens it holds in detention: missionary Kim Dong Chul and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song. We jumped up and down …
“Some good things came of this trip”. Three Americans also remain in custody in the North. Though his family said they were told Warmbier had fallen into the coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill, US doctors believed that Warmbier had been beaten and suffered massive brain damage.
“I was just so happy to see the kid released”.
Katherine Dettwyler, an adjunct faculty member, posted her thoughts about Warmbier on her Facebook page as well as the comments section of this National Review article.