North Korea denies torturing American detainee Otto Warmbier

North Korea has denied torturing University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier.

North Korea on Friday accused the United States of waging a "smear campaign" over the death of a student who was sent back home in a coma, denying he was tortured or abused.

The article also criticised South Korea for using Mr Warmbier's case to seek the release of other detainees.

Thousands of people gathered in OH to honour American student Otto Warmbier who died after being medically evacuated from North Korea.

The statement called the accusations that Warmbier was exposed to torture and beatings "groundless".

Rodman said he wished to "give all the prayer and love" to the Warmbier's family, adding "I didn't know that he was sick".

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

Mr. Warmbier was arrested in the North in January 2016 while visiting the country on a tourist visa.

Warmbier was accused of stealing a propaganda poster.

"The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the USA compels us to make firm determination that we should further sharpen the blade of law", the foreign ministry spokesman said according to state media.




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"Let's try to work this out", said Rodman, who starred in two seasons of "Celebrity Apprentice".

The comments, written in Pyongyang's official newspaper, follow criticism from Donald Trump in response to the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was returned home in a coma after spending more than year in a North Korean prison. Hunziker died from a bullet wound to the head, in an apparent suicide.

Mr Warmbier's treatment was "appalling", US Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters outside the memorial. Friday a spokesman claimed his death was a mystery.

More than a year went by without public word of Warmbier before the State Department learned of his dire condition on June 6.

"He was the best guy I knew. And, I think, as the president said, it's a disgrace".

How may relations between the USA and North Korea be affected? The three men - Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song - are all ethnic Koreans. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Warmbier's father also said in a statement to ABC News that "Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto returning to the United States".

He told Strahan, "I was just so happy to see the kid released". "Later that day, that's when we found out he was ill". We jumped up and down ...

Warmbier's former soccer coach, Steve Thomas, said the Jewish student came from a religious family and was involved in mission trips and a birthright trip to Israel.

"Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto", he said.

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