Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

North Korea denies torturing American detainee

North Korea denies torturing American detainee

A former USA diplomat, who said he counseled Otto Warmbier's family for over a year after he was detained in North Korea, said the conversation he had with the family after they learned Otto's dire medical condition was one of the most emotional of his career.

North Korea has called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

The article published by the official Korean Central News Agency on Friday was Pyongyang's first reaction to the death of Otto Warmbier. KCNA said the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and worldwide standards.

His death heightened the conflict between the North and the United States already aggravated by North Korea's defiant missile launches and two nuclear tests since early past year as part of its effort to build a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

"The barbaric treatment of Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime amounts to the murder of a US citizen".

Wyoming officials say the service for Otto Warmbier in the Wyoming High School auditorium will be open to the public Thursday, but not to news media.

In addition to the external exam, the coroner's office reviewed his medical records from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and AeroMed Management Group, the air ambulance service that helped evacuate him from Pyongyang, North Korea, where he had been detained.

Revere never met or spoke with Otto Warmbier and was not directly involved with the negotiations for his release, which were handled between the State Department and the North Koreans.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Wyoming, Ohio, was 21 when he was detained in North Korea and held for almost 17 months before he was medically evacuated and flown to Cincinnati on June 13.

Wilson co-authored the bill, dubbed the North Korea Travel Control Act, along with Congressman Adam Schiff. He arrived in a comatose state June 13 and died less than a week later surrounded by his family, who live in a suburb of Cincinnati.

Doctors who examined Warmbier upon his arrival in the US described his condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness", and indicated he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause. The University of Virginia student was accused in January 2015 of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting North Korea.

North Korean officials told USA envoys that Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill.

The Warmbiers also met with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who also served as US ambassador to the United Nations, who said he made numerous efforts to bring their son home.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH examined Warmbier's body after he died and announced that his family declined an autopsy, leaving his cause of death a medical mystery for now. Not so much in North Korea.

"I am grateful that Chairman Ed Royce has committed to marking up this important legislation soon, and look forward to having it debated in the House Foreign Affairs Committee", Wilson said. "If we could get more trips going over there, I think anything is possible", Volo said. His family declined an autopsy and said in a statement that their son had "completed his journey home". He'd come up to anybody and talk to them no matter who you were.

Johnson himself has previously defended these trips to North Korea, telling Vice that if he brings "guests that are respectful, willing to listen, willing to interact with people, North Koreans will see that we are normal people as well".

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