North Korea releases a puzzling statement on the death of Otto Warmbier

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A spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry released a statement Friday claiming North Korea is a victim of a USA smear campaign in the death of University student Otto Warmbier.

In a statement Sunday, the university said that the adjunct faculty member, Katherine Dettwyler, will not be rehired.

The North Korean regime is a cancer on the world, and what happened to Warmbier can never be justified, if even to make the larger point about some clueless young white American males who have lived privileged lives (not that we know that Warmbier was necessarily one of them).

Warmbier, who was imprisoned on charges that he attempted to steal a propaganda banner while touring North Korea, was already in a coma by the time the hermit kingdom's officials returned him to the United States last week.

"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week after his return to the U.S.in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well". The University of Cincinnati Medical Center said it found no signs of botulism, but that he may have suffered severe neurological damage, possibly as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, according to the Washington Post.

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"His parents ultimately are to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted".

As the backlash grew, the university tried to distance itself from the 62-year-old professor. However, North Korea is now saying that they are the real victim in all this.

"The University of DE values respect and civility and we are committed to global education and study overseas therefore we find these comments particularly distressing and inconsistent with out values".

University of DE adjunct professors, and adjunct professors generally, work on contract and do not have the same protections as tenure or tenure-track faculty members. An archived version of her curriculum vita says she has taught at the in previous years at the University of DE, as well as the University of Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M University, and Millersville University.

The professor would frequently go on political tangents and often made derogatory remarks about President Donald Trump and his supporters.

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