North Korea says it is the 'biggest victim' in US student's death

"That's why it remains a mystery for us why he died just a week after returning home", the diplomat said.

Mr Warmbier was traveling in North Korea with a tour group, and was arrested at Pyongyang airport as he was about to leave. On Friday, ABC's Michael Strahan sat down with the onetime Chicago Bull to talk about the freakish trip, which coincided with the release of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student held in detention for 17 months after allegedly attempting to steal a propaganda poster in Pyongyang.

Military-to-military exchanges should also be upgraded and mechanisms of notification established in order to cut the risks of "judgment errors" between the Chinese and USA militaries, the statement also said. He died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital.

President Donald Trump has also suggested that the Obama administration did not do enough to secure Warmbier's release.

In an article published by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Pyongyang said they treated the 22-year-old according to domestic law and worldwide standards. Evans Revere, who retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2007 after years as one of the State Department's top experts on Asia, revealed the "emotional exchange" with his father Fred Warmbier, when he broke the news of Warmbier's medical condition. Not so much in North Korea.

22-year-old American Otto Warmbier died less than a week after his return to the U.S. after almost a year and a half in North Korean detention.

"Unfortunately, the terrible 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 spokesman also said that "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to the North to examine Warmbier before his release and allegedly acknowledged that North Korean doctors had "brought him back alive" after his heart almost stopped.

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses".

The spokesman also said Mr. Warmbier was "a victim of the policy of strategic patience", referring to President Barack Obama's policy of focusing on sanctions and applying pressure on the North. It's unclear, however, if Warmbier's tragic death was an aberration or the start of a new, more risky normal.

The agency did not provide further details on how Mr Warmbier was treated under detention or what might have caused him to lapse into a coma. According to his family's wishes, no autopsy was performed. But until we are willing to take political risk and show political will, they're going to continue with their support of North Korea. In his memoir, Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea, he said how one interrogator kept telling him: "No one remembers you". "I didn't know he was sick", Rodman says. "Some good things came of this trip".

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