Mourners remember USA student held prisoner by North Korea

Thousands of friends and family members gathered in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after returning to the United States (US) in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

"This college kid never should have been detained in the first place", said Mr Portman, who previously revealed he met secretly with North Korean officials in NY last December to press for Mr Warmbier's release.

He was sent home last week suffering from brain damage and in what US doctors called a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

He died on Monday at a Cincinnati hospital and was buried on Thursday.

The spokesman said it was a "mystery" as to why Warmbier died days after returning home, but compared his death to the case of another American detainee, Evan Hunziker.

A former senior State Department official said the United States had made repeated requests for Warmbier's release on humanitarian grounds under Obama, including via the North Korean mission at the United Nations, via the Swedish mission in Pyongyang, at unofficial talks with North Korean officials involving former US officials, and via third parties.

Warmbier was detained at the Pyongyang airport in January 2016 after a short tour of North Korea.

The University of DE is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea "got exactly what he deserved".

As the United States urges China to exert great pressure on North Korea, U.S. spy satellites have detected new activity around the regime's known nuclear test site, leading to speculation Pyongyang may be getting ready to conduct yet another round of missile tests.

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North Korea said Friday that the death of former prisoner Otto Warmbier is a mystery and warned that the public backlash to his death is making the isolated nation reconsider future "humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy".

The US doctors had also said that Warmbier's severe brain injury was most likely - given his young age - to have been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest cutting the blood supply to the brain.

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses", he said.

The North's spokesman said such accusations are part of a smear campaign to slander the country that had given "medical treatments and care with all sincerity" to a person who was "clearly a criminal".

The agency did not provide further details on how Mr Warmbier was treated under detention or what might have caused him to lapse into a coma.

His family declined an autopsy.

A crowd of some 2,000 people filled a high school auditorium in Otto Warmbier's hometown of OH to celebrate his life.

One of the first things Revere said he told the family was that their son would be released when the North Koreans were "done with him, when he is no longer of value to them, when they don't see any utility to his continued incarceration". North Korea said he had contracted botulism and that it was releasing him on "humanitarian grounds".

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