North Korea detainee mourned at OH funeral

Mourners gather for US student jailed by N Korea

In the days leading up to Warmbier's release, North Korea said that he had fallen into a coma a year ago after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

Sentenced to hard labor early previous year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel, Warmbier was medically evacuated to the United States in a coma last week after almost 18 months in captivity.

He'd been accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner.

American doctors who examined him after his return home reported extensive brain damage but could not explain what caused the injury.

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

He was sent home last week suffering from brain damage and in what US doctors called a state of unresponsive wakefulness.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and accused the United States and South Korea of a smear campaign that insulted what it called its "humanitarian" treatment of him.

Speaking early today to assembled reporters across the street from Wyoming High School, US Senator Rob Portman of OH highlighted the community support that the Warmbier family has received during the tragedy.


On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that United States patience with Pyongyang was running out.

The family announced Warmbier's death in a statement, saying that the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we received today".

The consensus document also highlighted the need to fully and strictly hold to U.N. Security Council resolutions and push for dialogue and negotiation, which has always been China's position on the issue.

North Korea reportedly told a US official that Warmbier contracted botulism and slipped intothe coma after taking a sleeping pill - they claimed to have released the student on "humanitarian grounds". "To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident". The auditorium at the high school from which Warmbier graduated in 2013 was filled to capacity, with some 2,500 mourners in attendance, according to ABC television affiliate WCPO.

The United States has demanded North Korea release three other U.S. citizens it holds in detention: missionary Kim Dong Chul and academics Tony Kim and Kim Hak Song.

"I was just so happy to see the kid released", Rodman said. "Some good things came of this trip".

A day last week's talks, President Donald Trump said China's efforts to use its leverage with North Korea had failed, raising fresh doubts about his administration's strategy for countering the threat from North Korea.

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