North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

The spokesman, who was not named, said that United States 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 USA alive.

"It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost - future time that won't be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds", the family said in a statement earlier this week.

North Korea also further reemphasized their stance that Otto's sentence was deserving of his offense, which they maintain was an act of subversion against the government while also attempting to ward off "groundless" accusations that Otto was tortured or beaten. Because when I was organizing the trip ... and I meet with the delegates here, you know, I addressed...

"I look at the friendship about him", Rodman said.

NY [U.S.A.], June 23: North Korea has dismissed accusations of torturing U.S. university student and said death of Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was "a mystery" to them as well.

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

Warmbier's release coincided with former basketball star Dennis Rodman's latest visit to North Korea, though U.S. national security spokesman Michael Anton denied there was a connection between the two. "They said they understood".

In its first public reaction to Warmbier's death, a Foreign Ministry spokesman also tried to shift blame onto the administration of President Barack Obama, blaming it for refusing to have a dialogue with Pyongyang and claiming it had never officially asked for Warmbier's release.

US President Donald Trump has slammed the incarceration and eventual death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier as "a total disgrace". When you go over there, and you hear the radio, and... people are talking, ' Rodman said.

"I was just so happy to see the kid released", Rodman said. You're not going home anytime soon.

What do United States doctors say? Let's just call this statement by North Korea what this is: trolling. "You know, he'll say, 'I want three things, Dennis, from you, if you can do this for us'".

The article said South Korea was tarnishing North Korea's image with "slanderous talk about cruel treatment and torture".

While Pyongyang accepted US demands for Warmbier's return on humanitarian grounds, Washington "totally distorted this truth and dared to clamor about "retaliation" and "pressure" on "dignified" North Korea, the spokesman told KCNA.

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