North Korea denies mistreating US student who died

In an article published by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Pyongyang said they treated the 22-year-old according to domestic law and worldwide standards.

The spokesman said North Korea could not understand why Mr. Warmbier died so suddenly after returning home because his health indicators were "normal" upon his release.

Warmbier died Monday of severe brain damage, which doctors said was likely due to cardiopulmonary arrest.

"The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the US compels us to make firm determination that. we should further sharpen the blade of law", said the spokesman, adding, "The US should ponder over the consequences to be entailed from its reckless and rash act".

North Korea denies torturing detained U.S. student Otto Warmbier
The article said South Korea was tarnishing North Korea's image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture". Warmbier's brother, sister and friends spoke at the service, NPR member station WVXU in Cincinnati reports .

Warmbier was freed after the U.S. State Department's special envoy on North Korea, Joseph Yun, traveled to Pyongyang and demanded the student's release on humanitarian grounds, capping a flurry of diplomatic contacts, a U.S. official has said.

"The smear campaign against [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea] staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are a taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law", the spokesman said.

The spokesman, who was not named, said that USA 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 United States alive. He was 22-years-old. There has been mass outcry toward the North Korean's dictatorial regime, including U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) who called the actions towards Warmbier murder. He was released and returned in a coma to the United States on June 13 and died six days later. He recalled that the U.S. citizen, who had admitted his guilt, was sentenced by the court to hard labor "for subversive activities against North Korea". KCNA said the North dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and global standards. They showed his phone, passport, notebook, even the blazer worn during his trip to North Korea. On Friday, unlikely diplomat Dennis Rodman tried to claim credit for Otto's release, and President Trump has blamed the Obama administration for not making it happen sooner.

Mattis went on to describe North Korea as a country that "plays outside the rules" and "plays fast and loose with the truth". "They said they understood". Warmbier was to be buried at a Cincinnati cemetery. According to his family's wishes, no autopsy was performed.

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