Mourners Gather for Funeral of Student Detained in N Korea

Otto Warmbier's funeral

REUTERSA public memorial has been held at Wyoming High School in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma.

Doctors who examined Warmbier on his return to the United States last week said the University of Virginia student had incurred significant brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

Revere never met or spoke with Otto Warmbier and was not directly involved with the negotiations for his release, which were handled between the State Department and the North Koreans.

The 22-year-old's family alleges he was tortured.

"Unfortunately, the very bad torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today", said Fred Warmbier as he announced his son's death.

The state-run media in North Korea denied that they treated Warmbier cruelly, and the regime led by Dictator Kim Jong-Un stated that Warmbier's coma was caused by a combination of botulism and a sleeping pill - a claim that his parents have rejected. It rebuffed "groundless public opinion now circulating in the U.S. that he died of torture and beating during his reform through labor".

"Although we had no reason at all to show mercy to such a criminal of the enemy state, we provided him with medical treatments and care with all sincerity on humanitarian basis until his return to the USA considering that his health got worse", the agency quoted an unnamed spokesman of Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry as saying.

Inside the arts center, some of the personal items Warmbier took to North Korea were on display: a wallet, a University of Virginia notebook and the cream-colored linen blazer he wore there, CNN says.

Some of the evidence at trial was purported security footage of Warmbier removing a political banner from his hotel. Warmbier was scheduled to graduate this year.

US President Donald Trump's administration worked to secure his return.

"By the time they arrested Otto, they knew they were going to have a nuclear weapons test", Terry said.

Thousands of friends and relatives gathered at Wyoming High School in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday for a memorial service for Warmbier, who graduated from the school as salutatorian in 2013.

The information came via USA officials who informed CNN about new activity spotted by US spy satellites around North Korea's underground nuclear test site.

The Rodong Sinmun commentary suggests that the USA government is suffering from its own crisis, which could include "the impeachment of Trump", and that the president is now considering a preemptive strike against North Korea because of his "tough situation" at home.

Fred Warmbier, the student's father, said the same thing Thursday: "Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto".

He said the last conversation he had with the Warmbier family was shortly after they learned of their son's condition, but he hopes he can continue to advise them in the future.

Warmbier's North Korean trip was only supposed to be a five-day tour.

"Being with Otto made life all the more attractive", Alex Vagonis, Warmbier's girlfriend, said. I was just so happy. "Some good things came out of this trip".

A separate KCNA article published hours earlier criticized South Korea for using Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees, including six South Korean citizens.

"They kept using that word in a meeting with me", Revere said.

Wilson co-authored the bill, dubbed the North Korea Travel Control Act, along with Congressman Adam Schiff.

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