North Korea calls itself 'biggest victim' in death of Otto Warmbier

"The smear campaign against (North 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 foreign ministry spokesman said in state media.

Upon his return to the U.S., doctors who examined Warmbier said the former University of Virginia student had incurred significant brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

A vocal North Korean defector launched 10 balloons from South Korea containing information on the death of USA college student Otto Warmbier.

North Korea accepted repeated requests from the present US administration, the spokesman said, and repatriated the student on humanitarian grounds "in consideration of his bad health".

The death of an American college student due to his barbaric treatment while being held for 17 months in North Korea serves as another example of that rogue country's disregard for acceptable norms of worldwide behavior. Yun conveyed a condolence message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Warmbier's family. "He's so young, and he's been gone for so long", said Grady Beerck, 22, a former football team-mate. Warmbier, who was in a coma at the time of his release, died just days after his return to the United States.

A series of atomic tests and missile launches since a year ago have ratcheted up tensions on the Korean peninsula, and Warmbier's death has further strained relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

In the last few months, however, the USA president has become increasingly hostile to the communist nation as North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

USA doctors who had travelled to the North last week to evacuate Warmbier had recognised that the North had "provided him with medical treatment and brought him back alive whose heart was almost stopped", the unnamed ministry spokesman said.

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Two months later, he was found guilty of committing "hostile acts" against the North Korean regime and sentenced to 15 years' hard labor in a trial that reportedly lasted about an hour.

China, North Korea's main trading partner, has been accused of not fully enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on its neighbor, and has resisted some tougher measures.

But Rodman's agent told ABC News said he asked for Warmbier's release on behalf of the former athlete three times before the trip.

His family said they were told that he had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison with hard labour in March 2016.

"He had a deep desire to know God in a personal way", Thomas said. We jumped up and down...

The article also criticized South Korea for using Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens. "Some good things came out of this trip". The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is upset with Dennis over his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. They're so happy now, because it's more civilized again.

North Korea still holds Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak-song, academics who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, and a businessman named Kim Dong Chul. "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident".

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