Funeral Held for Former N.Korean Prisoner Otto Warmbier

Jerome Frank
June 25, 2017

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S.is a mystery to us as well", the regime's foreign ministry spokesman told the Korean Central News Agency.

Otto Warmbier certainly did not deserve to die, but neither did the millions of North Koreans who have been starved or worked to death in 69 years of brutal repression by their communist government.

"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.

The family announced Warmbier's death in a statement, saying that the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we received today".

After he returned to OH, doctors determined he had suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his hotel, North Korea state media said.

The agency said: "Our related institutions are treating criminals who committed crimes against (our) republic strictly based on domestic law and worldwide standards, and Warmbier was no different", the KCNA said.

American doctors who treated Warmbier claimed to find no evidence of botulism.

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"Warmbier is a victim of policy of "strategic patience" of Obama who was engrossed in utmost hostility" against North Korea and refused to hold any dialogue, he said. They showed his phone, passport, notebook, even the blazer worn during his trip to North Korea.

"Why the US government which claims to care about the welfare of its citizens had not even once made an official request for the release of Warmbier on humanitarian basis during the Obama administration?" the statement said.

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He had suffered brain damage following respiratory arrest, possibly as a result of torture in the rogue state.

People attend the funeral service of Otto Warmbier in Wyoming, Ohio, at the high school the 22-year-old college student had attended. Tillerson said earlier in the week that he planned to press China on resolving the North Korean crisis. When one of our own ends up murdered, we pay attention - for a while. President Donald Trump slammed Warmbier's detention and eventual death as "a total disgrace". Let's just call this statement by North Korea what this is: trolling. I was just so happy.

The United States pressed China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to help rein in its nuclear and missile programmes during a round of high-level talks in Washington yesterday. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident".

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