North Korea: Warmbier's death a 'mystery to us'


"The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week after his return to the his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well", a spokesman, quoted by North Korean state-run media, said. He said North Korea's treatment of Warmbier demonstrated "a basic disregard for human rights, for human dignity".

But it emerged he was in a coma after North Korean officials claimed he had caught botulism, and died on Monday.

"I asked on behalf of Dennis for his release three times ..."

Warmbier passed away June 19, shortly after returning to the United States.

Kenneth Bae, an American who was jailed for almost two years in North Korea, told CNN he believed Warmbier could have been tortured, and cautioned other Americans against going to North Korea. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the state. She said she loved her "hard-working, sincere, non-arrogant college students, " but added: "If you knew some of these kids, you'd be appalled".

"The very bad torturous mistreatment our son experienced at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", reads a statement issued by Warmbier's family after his death. Volo referred to Warmbier's release as a "type of good faith" needed "if we're ever going to do some type of future sports relations".

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Rodman told ABC News he didn't know Warmbier was in a coma when he heard the news of his release.

"This college kid never should have been detained in the first place", said Portman, who met secretly with North Korean officials in NY last December to press for Warmbier's release. Though his family said they were told Warmbier had fallen into the coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill, US doctors believed that Warmbier had been beaten and suffered massive brain damage.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said, "People don't see ... the good side about that country", when discussing his recent trip to North Korea with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday.

Both the State Department and Warmbier's father, Fred, deny Rodman played a role in the release. No one knew that. "Some good things came out of this trip".

An article in the HuffPost, written under the name La Sha and entitled "North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege is Not Universal, " attempted to make a similar point.

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