North Korea denies torturing USA student Warmbier

After 18 months in captivity in North Korea, Otto Warmbier was finally returned to USA authorities, and to his family-in a coma with extensive brain damage (North Korea denies torturing him).

Obama's policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea and avoiding dialogue with Kim Jong-un was suggested as the real reason for the death of Otto Warmbier in the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health ... is a mystery to us as well", the ministry spokesman said, according to the official KCNA news agency.

The spokesman also said that "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to the North to examine Mr Warmbier before his release and allegedly acknowledged that North Korean doctors had "brought him back alive" after his heart almost stopped.

Doctors at the hospital said Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause.

The KCNA said the North dealt with Mr Warmbier, 22, according to domestic law and global standards.

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Pyongyang insists that before Warmbier was sent back home his health was normal.

His family had no news of him until 13 June when Pyongyang announced he had been in a coma since his trial, attributing it to botulism.

The 22-year-old was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 while travelling with a tour group.

Otto Warmbier. And I said to them, 'we...would need his...you know, a release, some type of good faith, if we're ever going to do some type of future sports relations ...

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. "They needed to be careful about the things that they might say, that the North Koreans might take offense [and] that might cause the North Koreans to react very angrily and badly".

North Korea denies any mistreatment.

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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 US mainland.

More than 2,500 family, friends and well-wishers gathered for his funeral in OH on Thursday.

He blasted South Korea, accusing it of seeking to exploit Warmbier's death to press its own demand for the release of six South Korean detainees.

Revere retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 after spending years as one of the U.S. State Department's top Asia experts.

They rejected claims the student had been tortured during his time in captivity in North Korea, where he was accused of espionage.

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