Dennis Rodman Thinks He Helped Broker Otto Warmbier's Release

Frederick Owens
June 24, 2017

North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that Mr Warmbier had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless".

North Korea said the sentence was appropriate and called speculation that he died as a result of beating or torture "groundless".

Shockingly, the spokesperson told KCNA that North Korea was the biggest victim of this incident as Washington had distorted truth and had called for more sanctions.

The KCNA news agency Friday said that Warmbier was treated in accordance with domestic law and said that allegations that he may have been tortured during almost 18 months in detention were "groundless".

The casket of Otto Warmbier is carried from Wyoming High School after his funeral, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Wyoming, Ohio.

Warmbier, 22, was arrested in the reclusive country while visiting as a tourist.

"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.

"On behalf of the entire State Department and the United States government, I extend my condolences to the Warmbier family, and offer my prayers as they enter a time of grief no parent should ever know". But officials at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where Warmbier was treated after his return, said they had found no trace of the disease.

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"Let us state the facts plainly: Otto Warmbier, an American citizen, was murdered by the Kim Jong Un regime", said U.S. Sen.

President Donald Trump told reporters that what occurred in the case of Otto Warmbier "never should have happened".

While Pyongyang accepted US demands for Warmbier's return on humanitarian grounds, Washington "totally distorted this truth and dared to clamor about "retaliation" and "pressure" on "dignified" North Korea, the spokesman told KCNA.

KCNA alleged that Warmbier received "humanitarian" treatment throughout his almost 18 months in custody, in accordance with North Korean law.

Mr Hunziker was detained in North Korea for months in 1996 for illegally crossing the border and committed suicide less than a month after he returned to the United States later that year.

Doctors in the United States who examined Warmbier after his release said he had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

President Trump has said he is determined to "prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency". "Some good things came out of this trip".

Chris Volo, Rodman's agent, sat alongside his client during the interview with Michael Strahan and detailed what he said was their involvement with Warmbier's release.

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