Friday, 23 June 2017

We’re not involved in Warmbier’s death - North Korea Denies Allegations

North Korea has strongly denied allegations that it has a hand in the death of Otto Warmbier an American student who it detained for more than one year for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster

The denial is coming on the heels of efforts by the United States to ascertain the circumstances that led to Warmbier’s death days after he fell into coma and was subsequently released.

An article published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea was never cruel to Warmbier neither did they torture him.

KCNA said Pyongyang dealt with Warmbier according to domestic law and international standards in spite serving a sentence of hard labour.

It would be recalled that North Korea released Warmbier last week for what it described as humanitarian reasons.

Warmbier however, died on Monday in a U.S. hospital after he was brought back last week in a coma but Pyongyang has said he had contracted botulism.

In contrary, U.S. doctors said he had suffered “respiratory distress,” as the oxygen supply to the brain was cut off.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. will “hold North Korea accountable” for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment,” and is also demanding the release of three other Americans who are being detained.

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